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Frankie (2019)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 October 2019 (USA)
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Three generations grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces.

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Ira Sachs

Writers:

Ira Sachs (screenplay), Mauricio Zacharias (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Françoise Crémont, AKA Frankie
Sennia Nanua ... Maya Andoh
Ariyon Bakare ... Ian Andoh
Vinette Robinson ... Sylvia Andoh
Jérémie Renier ... Paul Gagne
Brendan Gleeson ... Jimmy
Pascal Greggory ... Michel Gagne
Carloto Cotta ... Tiago Mirante
Ana Brandão Ana Brandão ... Luciana
Maria Da Guia Maria Da Guia ... Waitress
Marisa Tomei ... Ilene
Greg Kinnear ... Gary
Manuel Sá Nogueira Manuel Sá Nogueira ... Pedro
Máximo Francisco Máximo Francisco ... Bento
Joana Cunha Ferreira Joana Cunha Ferreira ... Joana
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Three generations grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual material | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Portugal

Language:

English | French | Portuguese

Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankie See more »

Filming Locations:

Sintra, Portugal See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$486,589
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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References Grease (1978) See more »

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Moments Musicaux, D 780, Op. 94, No. 2
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the film makes you think about life and death
1 October 2019 | by anna_gorSee all my reviews

The film takes place in one day from morning to evening in Sintra, the beautiful city in Portugal. And this beauty of nature opposes to the withering and illness of the main character, emphasizes the transience of life. The main character, a movie star Frankie, who brilliantly played Isabelle Huppert, has cancer and knows that she hasn't long to live. But don't think it's a film about illness and struggle, no. It's different.

Unusual role Huppert for me here. Her character is too quiet, calm, without any strong emotions. I think this Huppert I have not seen in any of her films. And in fact, the main words in "Frankie" are not pronounced, they are read between the lines.

Frankie gathers the whole family to talk about their future life without her, to help solve their problems. And in all these dialogues, no matter how businesslike they are, we feel the great love and longing of people close to each other.

As it may seems, Frankie calmly accepts her illness and her impending death. She doesn't care. But here she accidentally falls on the birthday of her old fan, who turns many years, looks at the cake, candles, joy... And we can see in her eyes all the bitterness and pain that she will not live to such an age. Another great acting job in this movie is Marisa Tomei. She played friend Frankie which arriving in Sintra for this one day with steeply changes her life. At all this one day becomes very important for everyone characters in the movie.

Very beautiful final shot in the mountains at sunset. Frankie stands and looks down at her family and friends. It's like she's not here anymore. But it still looks optimistic, oddly enough. This is due to the skill of the Director. Ira Sachs was able to shoot all the scenes, plans that showed all the unsaid emotions of the characters, their inner world. That is why the theme of the movie is sad, but after watching remains on the contrary a very light feeling and love of life. So for me this film is not about illness and death. This is a film about the beauty around us, how beautiful life is, but we often don't notice it immersed in their small problems.

I recommend watching this movie.


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