Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, Lizzie has invented a story that he is away at sea on the HMS Accra. Every few weeks, Lizzie writes Frankie a make-believe letter from his father, telling of his adventures in exotic lands. As Frankie tracks the ship's progress around the globe, he discovers that it is due to dock in his hometown. With the real HMS Accra arriving in only a fortnight, Lizzie must choose between telling Frankie the truth or finding the perfect stranger to play Frankie's father for just one day...Written by
Jack McElhone (Frankie) is not deaf but worked with a speech coach so that his one spoken line would sound correct. See more »
In one of Frankie's letters to his dad, the text of the letter does not correspond to the voiceover. We hear Frankie say, "Ricky Munroe told me. Trust him to put his big feet right in it." but the letter reads, "Trust him to put his size threes right in it." See more »
We had an arrangement. You broke it.
One more day that's all.
No, no, no. I want you to go now. It's over, do you hear me, it's over.
My ship sails on Monday. There is only one more day.
Who the hell do you think you are? Who gave you the right to come in here and behave like this?
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Special thanks to ... all at Deaf Connections, ... all at Sigma Films, ... Esther and Harvey ... See more »
This was one of the best films I have seen for many years. The photography is absolutely marvellous; it hardly needs anything else.
The acting is restrained, measured and true. I couldn't get much better than this.
It is true that it is emotionally laden but it is not all sadness, there is also humour, affection, and most importantly hope. If you find it too emotional you can always pretend that smoke got in your eyes.
Isn't the function of a good film to try and draw out emotions ? It is especially rewarding when these are positive and natural rather than base and specious.
An easy 10 out of 10
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