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Frankie

Country: France | Portugal, Language: English | French | Portuguese , 98 mins

  • Director: Ira Sachs
  • Writer: Ira Sachs; Mauricio Zacharias
  • Producer: Saïd Ben Saïd; Michel Merkt

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Assemble a great cast, give them [all] endlessly dull conversations, do no rehearsal and direct them as if they were amateurs...that's how Frankie comes across! Lifeless, laboured and lacklustre...the film's only saving grace is the beautiful scenery.

If this had been Ira Sachs' debut it would have marked the end of his career. There is absolutely no direction to speak of...it's all so static and staid.

This should have been an emotional rollercoaster...famous actress assembles her family before her cancer she has ends her life...the audience should have been howling at the end. But no...not a wet eye in the house.

There's more to telling a story than walking and talking...and, that's all Isabelle Huppert does...she walks everywhere in heels and talks without any emotion. There was even the opportunity for some good old vitriol...between her current husband and her ex [gay] husband! Nothing.

The writing is the problem...there's not one line that actually sounds realistic. A tad theatrical, overly composed and stripped of all feeling...for goodness sake, this is about a woman saying goodbye to her family...major flaw, she doesn't even get to say 'goodbye' - she just walks away!

As underwhelming as it gets.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Three generations grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces.

Cast & Characters

Isabelle Huppert as Françoise Crémont, AKA Frankie
Sennia Nanua as Maya Andoh
Ariyon Bakare as Ian Andoh
Vinette Robinson as Sylvia Andoh
Jérémie Renier as Paul Gagne
Brendan Gleeson as Jimmy
Pascal Greggory as Michel Gagne
Carloto Cotta as Tiago Mirante
Ana Brandão as Luciana
Maria Da Guia as Waitress
Marisa Tomei as Ilene
Greg Kinnear as Gary
Manuel Sá Nogueira as Pedro
Máximo Francisco as Bento
Joana Cunha Ferreira as Joana
Júlia Guerra as Ermelinda