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Franklyn (2008)

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A portrait of the broken lives of four people (a vigilante detective, a worried parent, an awkward man looking for love and a suicidal artist) as they all struggle to cope in their religiously-dystopian city.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emilia / Sally
... Preest / David Esser
... Milo
... Peter Esser
... Dr. Earlle / Pastor Bone
... Wormsnakes / Wasnik
... Tarrant
... Margaret
... Dan
... Naomi
Helmut Christian Kirchmeier ... Street Preacher
Hilary Sesta ... Female Preacher
... Cleric 1
Janetta Morrow ... Guilty Woman
... Cleric 2
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Preest is a masked vigilante detective, searching for his nemesis on the streets of Meanwhile City, a monolithic fantasy metropolis ruthlessly governed by faith and religious fervor. Esser is a broken man, searching for his wayward son amongst the rough streets of London's homeless. Milo is a heartbroken thirty-something desperately trying to find a way back to the purity of first love. Emilia is a beautiful art student; her suicidal art projects are becoming increasingly more complex and deadly. Written by Anonymous

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Beyond reality. Beyond fear. Beyond imagination. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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27 February 2009 (UK)  »

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Франклин  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$75,225 (United Kingdom), 27 February 2009, Limited Release
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Near the end, when Preest/David is in Emilia's London flat, he asks her what her faith/religion is, to which she replies that she is not religious. In real life, Eva Green is Jewish. See more »

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The man talking to Milo in the room where the red haired woman disappeared to and another unseen character added some tiles to his original cross shaped design on the table. After Milo leaves the camera tilts down as the man writes into his notebook and the additional tiles are gone, reverting back to the cross shape. See more »

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Emilia: Life's too much of an adventure as it is without making anything else up.
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Fading World
Performed by Malakai
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An elegant saga on human despair
7 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

I've seen a few movies similar to this, using sci-fi/fantasy imagery to portray an internal state of mind. Too intellectual for some I guess, and it definitely goes beyond 'what you see is what you get'.

This movie worked for me. Some have been critical that the characters in the film were not interesting enough. I on the other hand think the director/writer Gerald McMorrow successfully walked the thin line of saying just enough, enabling the actors to fill in the gaps and create personas rather than cookie cut-outs. The characters were memorable and real, responding to slightly surreal situations in two worlds that were both out of kilter with our own. The movie's alternate realities drew me in and kept me interested, and the eventual juxtaposition of both did so even more.

This is a smartly made movie - with very convincing CGI for the fantasy world combined with an almost indie sense of the intimate and human in the alternate world closer to our own.

Well this review is not much of a blow-by-blow synopsis, others can do that, but if you appreciate strong acting, and an imaginative script, I don't think you will be disappointed.

7/10


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