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Frankie (2019)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 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.

Director:

Ira Sachs

Writers:

Ira Sachs (screenplay), Mauricio Zacharias (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Frankie
Sennia Nanua ... Maya
Ariyon Bakare ... Ian
Vinette Robinson ... Sylvia
Jérémie Renier ... Paul
Brendan Gleeson ... Jimmy
Pascal Greggory ... Michel
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
Márcia Breia ... Antonia
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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 | Romance

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

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Jimmy: People seldom say no to Frankie.
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References Grease (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Moments Musicaux, D 780, Op. 94, No. 2
Composed by Franz Schubert
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'People seldom say no to Frankie' - an illuminating farewell
27 June 2020 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Director Ira Sachs (Kept the Lights On, Little Men, Forty Shades of Blue) wrote the screenplay with Mauricio Zacharias for this gentle whisper of a film that is one of the more subtle, visually impressive, and tender reflections on the subtleties of relationships and families to grace the screen.

Frankie (Isabelle Huppert) is a famous and much admired film actress who has gathered her dissipated family in Sintra, Portugal as a gesture of farewell: she is in Stage IV metastatic carcinoma. The ensemble includes her first husband Michel (Pascal Greggory) and her son by him Paul (Jérémie Renier), her present husband Jimmy (Brendan Gleeson) and his daughter Sylvia (Vinette Robinson) her husband Ian (Ariyon Bakare) and granddaughter Maya (Sennia Nanua), along with Frankie's longterm hairdresser (from films) friend Ilene (Marisa Tomei) who is with her co-worker Gary (Greg Kinnear). The interweaving of these interesting personalities creates intimate side stories as they gather in this picturesque locale, the home of a magical fountain of life. Frankie has envisioned the way she hopes old connections among this disparate group of people will correct, and while those ideas don't materialize, the mysteries of companionship and love continue to find their own destinies.

The spectacularly sensitive cinematography by Rui Poças and the special atmosphere the music of Schubert's Moments Musicaux and Debussy's Arabesques allow the film to be pensive and understated. The quiet prolonged ending of the film is worthy of awards, so well sculpted by director Sachs that it allows the messages of the film to absorb in stillness.

In an age when high tech CGI, noisy action, and crude physicality films dominate the screens, this little film is a gentle reminder of those aspects of living that deserve out appreciation.


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Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$19,435, 27 October 2019

Gross USA:

$171,781

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$695,680
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