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 7 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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Quirky indie elevated by Pfeiffer's dynamite performance
10 April 2021 | by JBuckleyFan09See all my reviews

French Exit certainly checks a lot of boxes for the quirky indie comedy, and it might be off-putting for some. An older woman in my theater exclaimed to her neighbor next to her that it "was the weirdest movie of the year," while others will probably note it's Wes-Anderson-esque dry humor as familiar to the genre.

I personally loved it, and most of the gags really landed with me, but I can understand that it might not be everyone's cup of tea. The ensemble cast is strong, the locations and cinematography are beautiful, and while the plot is thin, I think it served the material fine.

Michelle Pfeiffer, an actress who has given many performances I enjoy, showcases her best as an eccentric, ornery bankrupted socialite, controlling her son's life and chilling with a cat that has apparently the soul of her late husband.

The ending while ambiguous may be controversial depending on your interpretation. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I think it's a good sign I'm still ruminating on it days after seeing the movie.

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