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Frank and Cindy (2007)

Frank & Cindy is a deeply personal documentary about Frank Garcia, an 80's one-hit wonder musician, and his blonde bombshell wife Cindy, who makes him live in the basement.

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When Cindy married a rock star, Frank, in 1983 she imagined a life of glamour and GRAMMYS. But the song that propelled Frank to fame, Whirly Girl, would be the only chart-topper from his group, OXO. Years later, out of shape and nearly bankrupt after spending all his money on "gas, food, dry cleaning... and drugs", Frank is not the vision Cindy married. Desperate to resuscitate her dream, Cindy furnishes a new studio for Frank in hopes he'll record another hit. Instead, he'd rather drink. And now, twenty-three years after appearing on American Bandstand, Frank lives sequestered to the basement where he uses coffee cans for a toilet. In 2005, Cindy's filmmaker son G.J. begins documenting the situation. After a year of filming, what began as an attempt to mock his stepfather instead becomes a candid portrait on the pursuit of happiness. Written by Anonymous

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There is now a movie based on this couple: "Frank and Cindy" (2015), starring Oliver Platt and Rene Russo. See more »

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written by Rob Parissi
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shockingly frank (pardon the pun)
16 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Impossible to turn away from. This film is a loving and unblinking look into the lives of Frank and Cindy, told from the perspective of their son . . . who not only *has* a camera, but is not afraid to use it . . . and keep on using it!

This film is as addictive and compelling as the best of the ongoing "reality television" sagas currently being broadcast. It plays like a VH-1 "Behind The Music" episode, but goes much farther than the music network usually likes to tread - shining it's "cinematic flashlight" onto this family's hidden world.

Filmed for a reported $30k, the decidedly "low-fi" approach is actually very refreshing, reminding us that when you have a solid idea, along with compelling subject matter you don't need millions to create an entertaining and engaging piece. From "The Blair Witch Project" to the recent treadmill video by OK Go (one of the most played clips on You Tube) I look forward to a future populated more and more with filmmakers like G.J. Echternkamp and his group of low-budgeted but high-spirited auteurs!


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