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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.


Gerald McMorrow


Gerald McMorrow
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Green ... Emilia / Sally
Ryan Phillippe ... Preest / David Esser
Sam Riley ... Milo
Bernard Hill ... Peter Esser
James Faulkner ... Dr. Earlle / Pastor Bone
Stephen Walters ... Wormsnakes / Wasnik
Art Malik ... Tarrant
Susannah York ... Margaret
Richard Coyle ... Dan
Kika Markham ... Naomi
Helmut Christian Kirchmeier Helmut Christian Kirchmeier ... Street Preacher
Hilary Sesta Hilary Sesta ... Female Preacher
Matthew Flynn ... Cleric 1
Janetta Morrow Janetta Morrow ... Guilty Woman
Doug Allen ... Cleric 2


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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Reality hasn't got a prayer. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 February 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Франклин See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$75,225 (United Kingdom), 27 February 2009, Limited Release
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Naomi: The world is full of people sent here to help us. Most of the time, we just don't see them.
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Catacombs Bar
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Oh my goth, what a good movie
7 May 2012 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

If you like dark, Gothic movies with both style & intelligence, this one's for you. First-time director/writer Gerald McMorrow makes a great debut with "Franklyn", a cryptic fantasy-thriller about 4 lost souls in different times & places, bound together by a mystery that slowly unravels to a brilliant climax.

The story is told in fragments, and if you're not paying attention you might easily get lost. But that's what makes it so rewarding when you start to figure it out, and you realize what these people have in common.

Most of the action happens in a nightmarish, dystopian world called "Meanwhile City". These scenes are reminiscent of the haunting works of Alex Proyas ("The Crow", "Dark City") with bits of Frank Miller's comic book style ("Sin City", "The Spirit"). There are also some refreshing, humorous nods toward Terry Gilliam ("Brazil", "12 Monkeys"). But what sets this apart from those dark, shadowy films is the juxtaposition of contemporary London, bright & crisp, like something you'd see by the German master Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run", "Heaven", "Perfume").

If you don't recognize all those names, don't worry. The point I'm making is that McMorrow's directorial debut has elements of many great directors tied together in a fresh, original way.

There's not as much action in this film as in most fantasy-thrillers. Depending on how you like your movies, that's either a good thing or a bad thing. I thought it was perfect because it lets the story breathe, and it gives us the chance to digest the slowly-unravelling mystery. There are interwoven themes touching on religion, individuality, family, fate, love & hate. And psychosis, which always makes things fun.

And even though it may be light on action & explosions, there's tons of nice eye candy to keep you riveted. Speaking as a hetero male, by "eye candy" I mean Eva Green and her sexy goth wardrobe! (If I weren't such a hetero guy, I'd be tempted to become a cross dresser.) The 2 leading men are quite the lookers, too, both suave & classy in their own way. And if that's not enough eye candy, you can't miss the enormous sets & wide angle shots: breathtaking.

If you're a fan of any of the directors/films I mentioned above, don't hesitate to check this out.

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