Filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival. Dating back to the early-’90s, the director has been regularly screening his films in the various sections of the event, including the competition for the Palme d’Or, Un Certain Regard, and the Directors’ Fortnight. The filmmaker returns this year with his latest film to debut at the prestigious event, “Oh Mercy.”
And as we approach the beginning of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, we now have a trio of clips from the upcoming crime drama from Desplechin. “Oh Mercy” follows two police officers as they investigate the murder of an older lady. Their investigation leads to two young women, who are neighbors of the victim and could be hiding some dark secrets.
“What’s interesting is that Desplechin is coming back with a genre film,” said Wild Bunch sales chief Eva Diederix, who is handling the film’s distribution sales (via ScreenDaily). “It also marks a change in role for Léa Seydoux. It shows her in a way she has never been seen before. It’s a strong female story about two-alcoholic, drug-addicted female lovers fighting against the odds.”’
The film stars Léa Seydoux, Roschdy Zem, Antoine Reinhartz, and Sara Forestier.
As mentioned, “Oh Mercy” arrives at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it will compete for the coveted Palme d’Or.
Here’s the synopsis:
Christmas night in Roubaix. Police chief Daoud roams the city. Burnt out cars, violent altercations… In the face of poverty, deception and distress, Daoud knows who is lying and who is telling the truth. Fresh out of the police academy, Louis has recently joined Daoud’s crew. Young, awkward and easily misled, he constantly misunderstands those he encounters. Daoud and Louis are confronted with the murder of an old woman. The old woman’s neighbours – two young women, Claude and Marie – are arrested. They are addicts, alcoholics, lovers… With words, rising beyond the horror of their crime, Daoud will find a way to give two murderers back their humanity.