Ombline (2012) – Film Review

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France, 95mins

Ombline’s boyfriend died during an arrest that went wrong, and brutally attacked the police involved. She was charged and sentenced to three years in jail. However, after only a short while in, she discovers that she is pregnant. The film follows how a woman can give birth and raise a child in prison.

Not surprisingly, this is a very bleak film. Ombline is a tragic character who forces herself to turn her life around when she has her son. It is so hard to watch, with the violence and horror that is jail surrounding a small, beautiful child. At the end, it does attempt to give a light at the end of the tunnel, but this sadtacular film left me feeling bleak and sad for the world.

Ombline screens at ACMI at 6:45pm on Friday May 10

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