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A real gem of a film
written 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
written 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.


(Average 7.76)
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