Available on Netflix and video on demand.
Directed by Alex Thompson, written by and starring Kelly O’Sullivan who plays Bridget, a 34 year old who realises she is unfilled with aspects of her life, who gets the opportunity to be a nanny for a 6 year old, Francis (Ramona Edith-Williams).
Francis can be challenging, so when her Mum’s Maya (Charin Alvarez) and Annie (Lily Mojekwu) have another child and their previous Nanny leaves they relise they need a replacement. As much as Bridget needs this opportunity, the family need Bridget, as they all come to terms with change, emotional and physical, mental health and the emotional impact of their life decisions.
I really liked this, it’s a warm, funny and heartfelt slice of normal life, there’s no grandstanding moments, it’s life unfolding in front of you as each of the characters come to terms with change, frustration, ambition and growing up. The performances are subtle and engaging, all revolving around the positive spirit and energy of Frances. There are moments of fun and gentle humour alongside some emotional heart string tugging, all nicely balanced by a smart script.
Saint Frances is uncomplicated story telling, with lovely natural performances that create characters who all brought something to a story that charmed me throughout its 100 minutes.
Treat yourself and give it a watch.