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Don't be swayed by the negative reviews. I knew nothing about this film
before I watched it. Afterward I thought it had been nominated for a
bunch of awards. I can't believe it didn't get any nominations, and
even got negative reviews from some critics. I'm not sure if this one
makes it into my top 10 for the year, but it's definitely in my top 20.
Sure, the subject matter has been covered before, but that shouldn't matter. So has divorce, bank robberies, and most recently, the death of a child. Just because a subject has been covered before in a film doesn't mean the film should be dismissed.
I thought this movie was way better than Rabbit Hole. While Rabbit Hole gets all the recognition, Frankie and Alice gets ignored. I'm not even any sort of huge Halle Berry fanatic. I just know a good movie when I see one and it makes me angry when good films are ignored.
This is Halle Berry's best performance of her career. Her performance
was absolutely outstanding! She will definitely get an Oscar nod at the
very least. Phylicia Rashad should get a supporting nod, for she was
outstanding too. Every character she played was believable. I am proud
of Ms. Berry.
This is the kind of work she should be doing. I saw on an interview that it took 12 years to make. It was well worth the wait. This is the one thing I like about Halle. She doesn't give up. She found out about a project, liked it, financed it herself, and got it made after years and years of setbacks. Other black actresses who complain about not being able to find work should take note. This is why Halle Berry is the number one 'black actress' in Hollywood.
I gave the movie an 8, but Halle's performance deserves a 10.
Well i had heard little and nothing about this flick and only finding out about it after i saw that Halle Berry was nominated for a golden globe and reading the review and synopsis to this hidden away little flick and found out it was a true life case of a woman with split personality disorder. Halle plays a stripper named Frankie whose little mood swings have all but frightened the crap out of her coworkers and boss. It turns out these mood swings are a lot more serious and turn out to be s.p.d. Frankie has two others sharing her tired little body, one a frightened but smart as a whip 9yr old girl who her psychiatrist Dr. Oz (Stellan Skarsgard) names genius and an racist white woman named Alice. As the movie rolls along we find out that their is a lot of history that inspired Frankie to take on these alter persona's and can be triggered by something as simple as a song on the radio. An overall good film that lot of reviewers and critics have been calling a Sybil rip off ( I don't call it that but the mental illness is the same thats for sure) Berry's nomination for the golden globe failed and wasn't won as it went to Natalie Portman's performance in Black Swan (another acting job that was well deserved of the win) however she once again pulled off a solid job along with a stellar performance in this film.
First of all, let me assure you that I have absolutely no financial ties to this movie. That being said, let me tell you that I do now have a PSYCHOLOGICAL tie to this movie. By now, you know that this is a split- personality movie. Joanne Woodward won an Oscar for "Three Faces of Eve"; Sally Field won an Emmy for "Sybil". HALLE BERRY IS BETTER!!! Watch her performance, and, without CGI or special effects, you'll see her change from an "exotic dancer (ie: stripper)", to a racist, to a little girl. You'll be sucked in to the story. Then you'll be on the edge of your seat with tears in your eyes when, at the end, the terrible crisis from her youth is starkly revealed. And yet, the written epilogue just before the closing credits is uplifting and hopeful. If EVER there was a "must-see" movie, THIS IS IT!!
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Serious films in which a lead actor portrays someone suffering with
mental illness walk a precarious tightrope, navigating a delicate
balance between authenticity and parody. In "Frankie and Alice," Halle
Berry gracefully succeeds in this high wire act, making not 2 but 3
transformations before your very eyes - between a fiery stripper, a
coldly calculating status climber and an innocent child. It is a
performance that deserves attention and accolades above and beyond
Berry's controversial yet ultimately inferior performance in "Monster's
Ball" for which she made history by being the first African American to
win the industry's highly coveted Best Actress Oscar.
"Frankie and Alice" opens setting the scene as 1973 with Frankie working as a "stripper" (more go-go dancer in a bird cage as she never gets naked). A botched after hours seduction with the club's DJ gives us our first hint of the madness to come. As the film proceeds, key emotional triggers spark seismic swings in Frankie's mood, hurtling her down memory lane to a series of traumas involving death, racism, young love, identity and soul-searing loss that have led her to dissociate from the pain by adopting alter personalities.
Berry's believability during these on-camera transformations is near-magical - the shifts in her face, her voice and her mannerisms all specific and unerring, and without the crutches of makeup, wardrobe or special effects. The result is riveting without being distractingly dazzling. It is a performance that pulls you in at every moment yet you never pull out of your required film world state of disbelief.
It is amusing to recall that this isn't the first time Berry has been called upon to play a character with multiple personalities. In the Hollywood howler "Catwoman," a movie roundly considered a campy cult-relegated turkey, she got a chance to practice in a vampier all-surface showcase. In the braver independent film "Frankie and Alice," Halle takes the lessons scratched out of "Catwoman" and chisels a performance of far greater subtlety, depth and compassion.
The supporting cast is excellent, particularly Stellan Skarsgard as the sympathetic "Dr. Oz" who with initial reluctance then heroic wholeheartedness helps Frankie heal and get to the bottom of her troubled mind. Phylicia Rashad is also praiseworthy as Frankie's mother "Edna" burdened with cryptic secrets and overcompensating by showering Frankie with exceeding affection - much to the distaste of her other daughter "Maxine" played equally well by Chandra Wilson.
The writing (credited to eight people) and editing are off-kilter in places, weakening the overall grade of the film. There was clearly much hand-wringing in regard to tone and length over the decade-plus it took to get it filmed then suitably distributed. However, there are enough victorious moments that snap the film back together toward a satisfying conclusion, though you wish the story stretched a bit longer into Frankie's recovery process. Evocative musical selections from Marvin Gaye, The Everly Brothers, Kool & The Gang and The Miles Davis Quintet also provide illuminating and memorable detours along Frankie's journey. Most winningly, despite the heavy subject matter, "Frankie and Alice" is a crowd-pleaser dotted with tasteful scenes of lightheartedness in the face of even some of its most delicate situations.
Now that Halle has, unfortunately, been passed over for Oscar consideration for "Frankie and Alice," impartial audiences can settle in for a superb and sensitive cinematic portrayal, judging it squarely and with even-keel for themselves.
Geoffrey Sax's 'Frankie and Alice' initially an to an extent follows a similar narrative structure to Nunnally Johnson's 'The Three Faces of Eve'. While the theme of dissociative identity disorder has played a key part in many movies like 'Sybil' (to name a few), I've always found it a fascinating theme. 'Frankie and Alice' isn't that different from the aforementioned films. I liked how Sax presents the 70s setting and how he captures the culture of that time period without going over the top. I also liked that this film does not merely focus on the patient but also on the therapist who's working hard to get to the root of Frankie's disorder. The best scenes are the interactions between her and Dr. Oz. Halle Berry makes a memorable comeback to films after a three year break. She is spellbinding in all three avatars and that too without having to rely on mimicry and makeup. Stellan Skarsgård is equally good in a subtle role. While 'Frankie and Alice' doesn't present anything new regarding dissociative identity disorder, it's still an interesting character study (albeit a slightly dramatized one) and makes for a good watch.
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" We have only one enduring weapon against mental illness,
understanding our childhoods and how this has impacted us" Alice Miller
The young African American female known as Frankie and Alice, experienced statutory rape by a white male, pregnancy and birth of a child taken away by her own mother because of the fear of miscegenation.
Frankie goes into a hypnotic trance to keep the abuse a secret and knows what it feels like to be in the perpetrator's shoes.
Frankie the abused becomes Alice the abuser.
Halle Berre is flawless in portraying an abuse survivor who struggled with dissociation and re enactments to master the earlier trauma of having her own child taken away by being a caged stripper. At least she will have some control this time by getting paid.
Frankie and Alice is caged by the seduction of the White American Dream and the glamour that prevents true intimacy.
"Frankie and Alice" is very much like the 1930 classic novel "Native So by Richard Wright with the leading role played by the fear of miscegenation.
This film is well cast and well written with characters that you can believe in. This is especially true for the psychiatrist who calmly stated that "awareness rather than blaming leads to wholeness and integration".
It is not the trauma that makes us sick but the inability to express the trauma.
This film is about a young black woman called Frankie, and her struggle
to make sense of her multiple personality disorder while having
treatment in a psychiatric facility.
I am impressed by Halle Berry's acting in this film, as she breezes through three vastly different personalities. The amazing finale on the psychiatrist's couch is quite breathtaking, both plot wise and acting wise.
The film is engaging and gripping throughout, and it is hard not to be sympathetic towards Frankie as her painful past is revealed through a series of flashbacks. "Frankie and Alice" is a very good drama that creates much empathy and resonance.
The question I had, was, Dr.Oz and his LSD experiments that Frankiesaid
"responsible for the Grateful Dead", an older Owsley? Doctors of Psyciatry were experimenting with l222 earlier than the 70's, like around 1967. Was this a real character?
If so , he was responsible for rock as we knew it and also Steve Jobs (to name a few) Brings a whole new meaning to the film. It says based on a true story. Who's true story? Anybody know the name of the book or Doctor? Director tried to make an interesting movie for adults, however, there are so little left that I suppose some more irrelevant 70's scenes and more sex would have satisfied the critics. We need more learned Critics is my opinion.
I never heard of this film until I saw it in the list of the movies
2010/2011, then i saw its trailer and after that, it got nominated for
Berry plays a woman with Multiple personality disorder. I would say superb acting, especially how she did the different personages.
I would say this movie is above average. this movie received very bad reviews from critics, I don't understand why they rate it that bad.I would say excellent incredible acting, especially how she did the different personages.
I would say see the movie for your self, then draw your conclusions before putting a negative rating.
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