“Saint Frances” (Amazon)
By Catholic News Service
A grotesque treatment of abortion and a misguided view of faith are the most notable elements of this mix of comedy and drama charting the friendship between an adrift 34-year-old woman (Kelly O’Sullivan) and the little girl (Ramona Edith-Williams) she nannies for a summer.
As written by O’Sullivan and directed by Alex Thompson, the would-be charming film groans under the burden of its own amorality as the main character has emotionless sex (with Max Lipchitz) that leads to an unwanted pregnancy and her charge’s lesbian parents (Charin Alvarez and Lily Mojekwu) find their relationship strained by the postpartum depression one, who is shown to practice Catholicism on her own terms, is experiencing. A strange preoccupation with the heroine’s menstrual cycle is just one more jarring note in this discordant salute to off-kilter values.
A benign view of abortion, casual sex and homosexual acts, graphic nonmarital sexual activity, irreverent humor, at least one use of profanity, considerable rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association.