I Always Wanted to Be a Saint | Chicago Reader

I Always Wanted to Be a Saint

Luxembourg writer-director Genevieve Mersch makes her feature debut with this compelling 2003 drama about a smart, acerbic teenager (Marie Kremer) who, abandoned by her mother and neglected by her hardworking father, finds an imaginary friend in a race car driver killed during a televised match. Hungry for spiritual purity and largely motivated by maternal rejection, she busies herself by helping others, but her neatly ordered world starts to collapse when her grandmother arrives unexpectedly, bringing news of her mother's whereabouts. Mersch nicely calibrates the teenager's fall from grace, and Kremer is utterly convincing in the lead role. In French with subtitles. 92 min.

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