An aging Manhattan socialite living on what's barely left of her inheritance moves to a small apartment in Paris with her son and cat.


Azazel Jacobs


Patrick DeWitt (based on the book by), Patrick DeWitt
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Frances Price
Lucas Hedges ... Malcolm Price
Tracy Letts ... Franklin Price (voice)
Valerie Mahaffey ... Mme. Reynard
Susan Coyne ... Joan
Imogen Poots ... Susan
Danielle Macdonald ... Madeleine the Medium
Isaach De Bankolé ... Julius
Daniel di Tomasso ... Tom
Eddie Holland Eddie Holland ... Young Malcom Prince
Matt Holland ... Headmaster
Christine Lan ... Sylvia
Robert Higden ... Mr. Baker
Larry Day ... Ralph Rudy
Laura Mitchell Laura Mitchell ... Hostess


An aging Manhattan socialite living on what's barely left of her inheritance moves to a small apartment in Paris with her son and cat.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Ahead of the premiere, Pfeiffer stated at the New York Film Festival press conference that the making of the film ranked in the top five movie-making experiences of her career. See more »


No explanation is ever given for why Mme. Reynard, Julius and Madeline (who must have homes of their own) all decide to move into an apartment that clearly isn't large enough for all of them to live comfortably. See more »

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A woman's journey
6 April 2021 | by JankiSharmaSee all my reviews

The movie French Exit is all about a rich widow Frances Price (actress Michelle Pfeiffer)who has run out of all her money because she did not expect to live that long . Frances is level headed, beautiful, kind and nice. The relationship between Frances and her son Malcolm (Lucas hedges who wasgreat in movie Manchester by the Sea)is very pleasant, caring and real. Malcolm understands his mother very well and shows his support and respect for her when he says his goodbye to girlfriend Susan (Imogen Poots) to move to Paris with his mom. Frances is very generous and enjoys seeing others happy with unexpected tips. The conversation between Frances and homeless person with a detailed plan of how he would spend $20 is very nicely done. The conversations between Frances and odd lady Mme Reynard ( Valerie Mahaffey from ABC series The Big Sky) show distinct differences between an independent woman who is in control of her life and an odd lady who longs for anybody's company to avoid being alone. There are long silences in the movie. Screenplay is good but the movie needed editing . Michelle Pfeiffer did exceptionally well as Frances. 1hr53minutes too long.

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