During a somber Christmas season in Roubaix, a middle-aged, French-Algerian detective is investigating the fatal strangulation of a poor, elderly woman in her apartment. Suspicion falls on her next-door neighbors, two young white women with a complicated interpersonal bond.
Taking inspiration from Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man, Arnaud Desplechin mounts an exacting procedural with docudramatic precision. Essaying the workings of a police precinct, Oh Mercy! delights in the details of its caseload, and illuminates the sociopolitical roots of the crimes under investigation.
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1957, Italy
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1997, China
Erick Zonca, 2008, France
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Walter Salles, 2004, Argentina