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Oh Mercy
(Roubaix, une lumière)

Arnaud Desplechin

Based on a true story and the 2008 TV documentary, Roubaix, that brought it to the attention of the French public, Arnaud Desplechin’s Oh Mercy turns the routine police work of a commissariat in Northern France into a fatalistic human drama.

"A fatalistic human drama..."

Experienced police chief Daoud (Roschdy Zem) knows his city. He finds it relatively easy to tell lies from truth, whereas his colleague Louis (Antoine Reinartz), fresh out of the academy, is easily misled and constantly misunderstands those he encounters. Confronted with the murder of an old woman, Daoud and Louis must work to solve the case. Among the potential suspects are the neighbours who report the crime, Claude and Marie (Léa Seydoux and Sara Forestier). When the woman’s body is found, Daoud realises something strange is going on, and Claude and Marie hold the answers…