Starring: Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, Camille Cottin, Deanna Dunagan
Thriller drama directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy. Stillwater (2021) centers on Bill Baker (Matt Damon), an oil-rig worker from Oklahoma who travels France to visit his estranged daughter, Allison (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison for a murder she claims she didn’t commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate her.
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Bill Baker: The day you left for Marseille, I drove you to the airport, I went to the gift shop, and I saw this necklace. It was gold, said “Stillwater” on it. I thought it would be a little piece of home to take with you.
Virginie: You’re in Marseille for vacation?
Bill Baker: No, to visit my daughter.
Virginie: You’re the father of the girl? The American student?
Bill Baker: Yes, ma’am.
Bill Baker: Allison came here for college, and that’s where she met this girl, Lina. One night she found Lina dead and called the police. All they cared about was Allison sleeping with some Arab girl.
Allison: I loved her!
Bill Baker: I know you did.
Allison: But everybody thinks that I killed her.
Lawyer: We have exhausted every possible legal action.
Virginie: Is the lawyer not helping you?
Bill Baker: I’m doing it myself for now.
Virginie: I could help.
Virginie: [referring to her daughter] She’s very protective with me.
Virginie: No one will talk to you, trust me. You’re not from here. It’s not safe for you.
Bill Baker: She’s my little girl. I’m not going to give up.
Dirosa: It will be a serious mistake to commit a crime to prove your daughter innocent. It will not get her out of jail, and it will send you in.
Bill Baker: Lord, please keep a watchful eye on Allison. Amen.
Virginie: Did you ask her to lie?
Bill Baker: I’m trying to get my little girl out of jail, that’s all I give a damn about!
Virginie: You sound very American right now.
Bill Baker: Good. I am!
Virginie: Yeah, and you’re also a stranger here!
Allison: What did you do?
Bill Baker: You just have to trust me.