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Frankie (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Flawed yet well-acted, Frankie finds director/co-writer Ira Sachs getting snagged in his story's thorny relationships -- and often freed by his stellar cast.

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Three generations of a European family come together in the fabled town of Sintra, Portugal, for one last vacation before the family matriarch faces the next, and last, chapter of her life. Over the course of one crisp October day, the fairy tale setting brings about everyone's most romantic impulses, revealing both cracks between them, as well as unexpected depth of feeling. A successful actress used to getting her way, Francoise "Frankie" Cremont has a secret plan: she wants to marry off Paul, her perpetually single son, to Ilene, an American hairstylist she befriended on a film shoot in New York. As Frankie tries to manipulate her son's future, her adoring Irish husband Jimmy is forced to confront his own feelings of imminent loss. Meanwhile, Jimmy's daughter Sylvia faces the potential dissolution of her own marriage to the remote, but financially successful, Ian. And as the adults play out their intricate plots and machinations, Sylvia and Ian's teenage daughter Maya spends the afternoon with a group of local boys by the sea, discovering the joys and surprises of first love. Watching from the sidelines is Frankie's ex-husband, and Paul's father, Michel, who, accompanied by João-Miguel, a handsome Portuguese tour guide, observes all with a wry and seasoned understanding. When Frankie's plans are thwarted by the arrival of Ilene's boyfriend, Gary, she is forced to come to terms with the mysteries of life, death, and our all too human limitations. From one morning to late afternoon, each of the nine members of the extended clan will be transformed by both the dramas of the family, and the magic and beauty of this mythical place.

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Isabelle Huppert
as Françoise Crémont (Frankie)
Marisa Tomei
as Ilene Bianchi
Jérémie Renier
as Paul Gagne
Pascal Greggory
as Michel Gagne
Vinette Robinson
as Sylvia Andoh
Ariyon Bakare
as Ian Andoh
Greg Kinnear
as Gary Archer
Sennia Nanua
as Maya Andoh
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All Critics (81) | Top Critics (25)

Sachs manages this day in the life without cumbersome exposition thanks to the texture of this casting, all while keeping the disparate concerns of three generations moving.

November 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a little too late but it's also surpassingly lovely: an aching frame around the human muddle before we go home for good.

November 8, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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Alas, as whole, Frankie plays like one of Woody Allen's lesser, European-set films...

November 1, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[The] performances feel lived in, like they're actually friends meeting up for the fist time in years.

October 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Frankie" never takes a risk, never explores the characters' problems in any meaningful way; it feels all surface.

October 31, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

I feel like we've all seen this film [before], but they're all kind of enjoyable, like having a nice glass of rosé on a beautiful day.

October 28, 2019 | Full Review…

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