Oh Mercy!

Oh Mercy! is, in fact, a fictionalised adaptation of the 2008 French TV documentary Roubaix, Commissariat Central, which followed a determined police officer and his colleagues in the economically depressed town of Roubaix, near Lille, as they deal with a range of crimes, in particular the shocking homicide of an old woman.

Christmas night in Roubaix. Police chief Daoud roams the city. Burnt out cars, violent altercations… In the face of poverty, deception and distress, Daoud knows who is lying and who is telling the truth. Fresh out of the police academy, Louis has recently joined Daoud’s crew. Young, awkward and easily misled, he constantly misunderstands those he encounters. Daoud and Louis are confronted with the murder of an old woman. The old woman’s neighbours – two young women, Claude and Marie – are arrested. They are addicts, alcoholics, lovers… With words, rising beyond the horror of their crime, Daoud will find a way to give two murderers back their humanity.


  • Program
  • Original title
    Roubaix, une lumière
  • Director
    Arnaud Desplechin
  • Producer
    Pascal Caucheteux
  • Writers
    Arnaud Desplechin, Léa Mysius
  • Photo
    Irina Lubtchansky
  • Actors
    Léa Seydoux, Sara Forestier, Roschdy Zem
  • Playtime
    1 h 59 min
  • Year
  • Country
  • Age limit
  • Production
    Why Not Productions, Wild Bunch
  • Sale
    Wild Bunch