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Francine (2012)

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75

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 3

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Academy Award winner Melissa Leo gives a fierce and restrained performance as Francine, a woman struggling to find her place in a downtrodden lakeside town after leaving behind a life in prison. Taking a series of jobs working with animals, Francine turns away others and instead seeks intimacy in the most unlikely of places. Gritty, elliptical, and voyeuristic, Francine is a portrait of a near-silent misfit and her fragile first steps in an unfamiliar world. -- (C) Official Site

Unrated,

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Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky

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While it's audacious on the part of the filmmakers (and of Leo) to keep Francine at arm's length from us, it makes the film a frustrating experience.

January 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Francine portrays a woman on the socioeconomic margins and the sort of fiscal cliff that personalizes the phrase no politician can avoid these days.

November 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky, documentary makers trying their hand at drama, inspire a certain voyeuristic fascination toward the character but rarely sympathy.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Melissa Leo plays her without inflection, giving us no instructions about what our opinion should be. It is a brave performance, an act of empathy with a sad woman.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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"Francine" is a small, detailed character study that never evolves into anything more.

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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What with the unexciting hand-held camerawork, and the off-putting script and lead performance, "Francine" remains as frustrating as its inscrutable title character.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Caught up in its own self-satisfied metaphor, its blank canvas and broadly sketched melancholic tones an empty vessel for those who would automatically turn the personal into the political.

October 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

Petered out the perhaps promise of a psychological study or horror flick, halfway through 'Francine' nothing is left.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Leo provides a seasoned, lived-in naturalism that is as rarely displayed on screen as it is potent.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Numbing, uninvolving portrait of an ex-con as an animal-loving zombie.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Francine is so minimalist that it has to rely almost entirely on Leo for solidity, and it would be a far stronger film if it supported and framed her more effectively.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

In a character study of an ex-con who gives her heart and mind to animals rather than people, Melissa Leo's risky performance is ultimately framed with a disappointing, distanced pity.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Francine marks the start of a promising career for the filmmakers, more than anything else demonstrating their eye for small moments.

September 5, 2012 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

As a 74-minute snapshot of an American at the low end of the struggling 99%, it speaks far more eloquently than poverty statistics.

September 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

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