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Frank (II) (2012)

 -  Drama  -  September 2012 (UK)
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Caught up in a world he doesn't fit into, FRANK tells the unique story of an lonely outsider who manages to find friends in the strangest of places.

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Credited cast:
Darren Beaumont ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ellie Bindman ...
Sasha
Micky Cochrane ...
Junkie 1
Natalya Daktor ...
Sister 2
Vrnda Daktor ...
Sister 1
Pat Dunn ...
Frank's Mother
Beverley Fox ...
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Mrs. Whittle
Gary Kitching ...
Undertaker
Daniel Lake ...
Chugger
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'FRANK' is story about a man who just doesn't fit in. He's fallen between the cracks he is always trying to avoid. We join him on his personal journey to hell and back, accompanied by an opinionated and neurotic couple of corpses and Sasha, the map reader of Frank's emotionally splintering life. Written by ILIKEFILMS,ME ltd

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Ultra-bizarre...and that works for me.
11 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Frank' is NOT a film for everyone, as it is totally bizarre and makes very little sense at times. However, it DID make me laugh and even smile a bit. It has a quirky strangeness that I liked and I am glad I saw it, though it think it would be a hard film to sell on the average person--mostly because it is so weird and make little attempt to be conventional.

The film begins with Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) in Scotland. He's an apparently talentless young man (who looks a lot like Rupert Grint-- the guy who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films) who somehow is still quite happy. One day, he meets a guy from a band who needs a keyboard player and Jon tells him he can play--and he's in the band with no try-out! Well, he turns out to be horrible and can barely play the keyboard at all--which would be a SERIOUS problem with 99.99% of the bands in the world. However, this one is very avant-garde--more like a combination of a New Wave band and performance art. The bottom line is that NONE of them seem to have much musical talent at all and their 'music' is god-awful. The most talented of the band's members is Frank--a seriously mentally ill man who wears a giant Jack-in-the Box style head! In fact, he NEVER removes the head and sings in it, sleeps in it and even drinks nutrients through a straw in it! He's bonkers...but the rest of the band is pretty weird as well and apparently Frank and another band member met while institutionalized. Despite these folks being certifiably nuts, perhaps the craziest is some ways is Jon, as he does not appear to have any talent whatsoever. Yet, oddly, he is able to somehow fit in with this group of misfits. And, by the end of the film they somehow manage to become a sensation. The bottom line is that the film is apparently never intended for a huge audience--it's more of a quirky niche film. Because of this and the bizarreness of the characters, it's definitely an acquired taste. In many ways, this reminds me of "Napoleon Dynamite"--a film many folks love and many hate because they think it just doesn't make any sense. It is NOT a film for everyone--mostly just for folks who don't mind a meandering plot, a lot of stuff that makes no sense as well as many strange, almost nonsensical characters. As for me...I actually enjoyed it.

And, speaking of not making any sense, when I checked the IMDb listing, the star of the film, Domhnall Gleeson as well as Maggie Gyllenhaal aren't even listed in the credits! Considering what a strange film it is, this seems rather fitting!

By the way, if you think that the idea of a severely mentally ill guy becoming a sensation as a lead singer and songwriter sounds impossible, watch the film "The Devil and Daniel Johnston". Johnston, despite a severe Bipolar Disorder and a history of ultra- bizarreness is both a huge hit within certain circles in both the art and music worlds. I wonder if his life was in any way the inspiration for Frank.


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