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Francine (2012)

Francine

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

September 12, 2012 (Limited)

Duration

74 min.

Studio

Washington Square Films

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky

Producer

Joshua Blum, Katie Stern

Screenwriter

Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky

Starring

  • Melissa Leo as Francine
  • Victoria Charkut
  • Keith Leonard
  • Laurent Rejto
  • Dave Clark

Story


After serving time in prison, Francine settles down in small-town North America. Through a series of temporary jobs, she tries to regain a foothold in society. However, this security proves just as elusive as the connections she tries to forge with people in the town. As her human relationships falter, Francine looks to animals for support, a development that leads her in a tragically wrong direction.

Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky's fiction debut Francine focuses on the title figure during a brief chapter in her life. Oscar winner Melissa Leo conveys the longings and woes of the distressed protagonist with remarkable precision, delivering a performance of tremendous force. The narrative provides no psychological backstory, and yet we grow increasinglyclose to this fragile person, whose life does not have a clear path but rather consists of a series of emotional states. As the protagonist moves through the film's impressive locations, her path through life is much like an orbiting satellite: detached, lonely and ultimately destined to crash.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“.."Francine" marks the start of a promising career for the filmmakers..”
by Eric Kohn [indieWIRE]
“..the pic has limited prospects but calling-card merits aplenty..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]
“..in this spare, striking drama, Melissa Leo's unerringly contained performance provides shattering insight into a woman powerless to resist the destabilizing forces of her life..”
by David Rooney [Hollywood Reporter]