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Thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan, who also penned the script) is a college dropout turned server, far more comfortable relaying every detail of her recent abortion than she is talking about her feelings. Uncomfortable around kids, unable to filter her thoughts and preoccupied with her own problems, she doesn’t exactly scream “nanny material.” Enter the rowdy yet irresistible Frances, a six year old from an upscale Chicago neighborhood that Bridget is tasked with babysitting for the summer. When Bridget eventually wins her over, they form a strong bond, but becoming a part of someone’s family is messy, and tensions rise as she becomes entangled in the lives of Frances and her two moms.

Winner of the Audience Award in the Narrative Feature Competition at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, Saint Frances is both a heartening story of an unlikely friendship and an illuminating look into girlhood, womanhood and motherhood.

"Saint Frances is truly a stunning debut, both in its overt treatment of problems women face all the time, and its sheer unconventional approaches to, what on the surface looks like, a conventional narrative." — The Playlist

  • Year
  • Runtime
    101 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Alex Thompson
  • Screenwriter
    Kelly O'Sullivan
  • Cast
    Kelly O’Sullivan, Ramona Edith Williams, Jim True-Frost, Mary Beth Fisher, Charin Alvarez,