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Dear Frankie (2004)

Cast: Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone, Gerard Butler, more...
Director: Shona Auerbach
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Drama, Foreign, British Drama, Coming of Age , UK
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Directed by Shona Auerbach, Dear Frankie revolves around nine-year-old Frankie (Jack McElhone) and his mother, Lizzie (Emily Mortimer). The mother and son duo have been on the run for as long as Frankie, who has been deaf for years, can remember. In an effort to protect Frankie from the truth -- that a psychotic father, whose physical abuse caused his hearing loss, is at the root of their constant need to move from one home to the next -- Lizzie pens a series of letters from Frankie's "father" in hopes of assuaging his curiosity. However, when Frankie becomes convinced that his father is taking a break from his exotic adventures and making his way back home, Lizzie must make a tough decision: find another way to pacify Frankie's desire to meet his father or tell him the awful truth. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A real gem of a film by mkaliher2 January 20, 2011 - 8:51 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I viewed this film because I found Emily Mortimer's performances in Match Point and Chaos Theory so strong and engaging that I wanted to see what other films she'd worked in. Her performance in this film, I think, proves she's one of the best actors working today. Trust me, Gwyneth Paltrow's got nothing on Emily.

This film is actually about something, which is rather unusual to begin with, and the acting, direction, pacing, and cinematography are absolutely top-notch. I quickly searched for more Green Cine films by director Shona Auerbach and screenwriter Andrea Gibb, but, alas, there are none. Ladies, would you please, please give us some more films like Dear Frankie?

The primary characters are a single mother and her deaf son; the woman's mother, who lives with them; a neighborhood market cashier, and a sailor.

As much as I appreciate TallTales' reviews, I have to say I think he understated the value and importance of film. I think it's right up there with Zelary, You Can't Take It With You, and Three Colors: Red, and I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates film as a storytelling and art form. But keep the Kleenex handy. This film isn't a chick flick and it isn't manipulative or programmatic, but it deals with real human experience. Check it out.

Growing Up by talltale July 2, 2005 - 8:06 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
If you've seen the too-lengthy-and-too-much-information, thank-you, trailer to DEAR FRANKIE, you probably imagine that you can second-guess the entire movie. Wrong. Try it, and I can almost guarantee (from others I know and most of the critics' reviews) that you'll be won over. So well acted, written and directed is this small story about a three-generation family "sort of" on the run that it quietly dispenses with most of your misgivings and pulls you right along.

You may quibble with some of the choices made, but the strength of the characters (coupled with the performances of a fine ensemble of actors) eventually wins the day. Like the under-seen "Heartlands," the various kindnesses shown by one person to another in "Dear Frankie" prove more memorable than any happy ending for all. This is a movie that makes you "feel good" by subverting the expected while still demonstrating an eternal verity: Children must be protected until they can protect themselves.

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2004
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.

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