FC @ Cannes 2019 – Ira Sachs’s ‘Frankie’, with Isabelle Huppert, is an underwhelming family-reunion tale

Posted on May 23, 2019


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Plus, ‘The Invisible Life Of Eurídice Gusmão’, by Karim Aïnouz. And ‘La belle époque’, by Nicolas Bedos.

After the amazing Little Men, the featherweight drama of Frankie must count as a disappointment from Ira Sachs. Hearing about it, you’d think… But what’s not to like! The story is set in Sintra, Portugal, one of those magical, picture-postcard places with a fountain that young women drank from in the hope of finding a good husband. There’s the ever-reliable narrative bedrock of family dysfunction, with a touch of terminal illness. Plus, there’s Isabelle Huppert in the titular role, who opens the movie by taking her swimsuit top off at the pool of a resort and diving in. Her disapproving step-granddaughter  (it’s a complicated family tree) says there are other people around, some of them with cameras. Frankie says she doesn’t care. “I am very photogenic.” This kind of confidence is perhaps second nature to a famous actress. I’m not talking about Huppert. I’m talking about Frankie, who has had a major movie career. Talk about picking the right person for the part.

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