Going into “Saint Frances,” I wasn’t quite sure what to expect — and I think I prefer these films because I have no set expectations about them — but I was pleasantly surprised by this overlooked indie gem. Written by and starring Kelly O’Sullivan, “Saint Frances” is the story of a 34-year-old Bridget who is still trying to figure life out and along the way she gets some life lessons from a precocious 6-year-old who she nanny for. The story is relatable (as a fellow Millennial, I saw a lot of myself in Bridget) as she struggles with societal expectations and feelings of inadequacy. Bridget is going through somewhat of an existential crisis and after an “accidental” pregnancy, her life is turned upside down as she is forced to confront her own insecurities and emotional stunting as she finds an unlikely friendship with her young charge.
“Saint Frances” is a social commentary on so many of today’s issues, especially those facings women, like abortion, queer parents, interracial families, depression, postpartum, breastfeeding and shying away from talking about female issues. It is about self-care and finding our way through life while forging unlikely friendships. At its core, it’s about getting the help that we need as women — needing help is not a sign of weakness or failure. The film is also about religion and faith and believing in God and believing in people. All of the characters in this film are relatable and easy to connect with and the acting performances are so authentic and engaging. I also like how the film kind of flipped the gender roles within the relationships, but not in a comical way. This family drama/”adult coming of age” story was a cute look at one life-changing summer and it’s well worth the watch and the critical praise that the film has been getting.
“Saint Frances” is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.