Frankie & Alice (2014)
Critic Consensus: Halle Berry gives it her all (and then some), but Frankie & Alice is ultimately too narratively strained and clumsily assembled to do her performance justice.
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|Rating:||R (for some sexual content, language and drug use)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Drama|
|Directed By:||Geoffrey Sax|
|Written By:||Jonathan Watters, Mary King, Cheryl Edwards, Marko King, Joe Shrapnel|
|In Theaters:||Apr 4, 2014 Wide|
|On DVD:||Aug 12, 2014|
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Critic Reviews for Frankie & Alice
Frankie & Alice feels like a film that might have been groundbreaking 40 years ago but has cable-TV movie of the week written all over it in 2014.
Berry has proven she's willing to take on enormous challenges, and she certainly exceeds her grasp here. Perhaps that's why Frankie & Alice plays more like an elaborate acting workshop than a movie.
While all this channel-switching and inevitable unearthing of psychic demons generates a great awards-season clip, it doesn't necessarily lead to a satisfying drama.
It may be that this genre has been forever ruined, or just that it requires a more subtle hand than the one exhibited by Geoffrey Sax, the director here.
Lamentably by-the-numbers, treated like an affliction-of-the-week TV movie by its eight (!) credited writers and directed by Geoffrey Sax as if he knew where commercials should go.
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Good decent movie. The acting was really good actually but the story wasn't that interesting although it had a good ending in which it explained a lil the complicated story.
The movie is based on true events.
Halle Berry plays the role of young woman named Francine L. Murdoch (Frankie) with multiple personality disorder. The movie starts in Savannah, Georgia 1957, where a girl is shown in a car accident.
The movie is forwarded to present Los Angeles, California 1978, where Frankie works in strip club. One night after an altercation Frankie lands up in Pearce psychiatric hospital where she is introduced to Dr. Joseph Oswald (Dr. Oz).
Later Dr. Oz starts treating Frankie for multiple personality disorder and diagnoses her as having three personalities.
1) Francine L. Murdoch, Black Female Age 32, IQ 132 Right handed. 2) Alice, White female Age ?, IQ 102 Left handed. 3) Genius, Black Female Age 8-12, IQ 156 Right handed.
The story then revolves with Dr. Oz and Frankie where he treats her for the multiple personality disorder. In due course of time he is able to discover the other two sub conscious personality and make Frankie realize her problem.
And the movie ends with credit as below:
Dr Oz treated Frankie until she was able to control her condition. He died in 2001.
Frankie (with help from Genius) became a High School Teacher. She married a psychiatrist.
With I'm sure the best of intentions (and not a little hope for Oscar's roving eye), Halle Berry stars in (and produces) this big-screen Lifetime movie about a woman afflicted with a fractured personality who meets a kindly doctor who helps her Break Through To Find Herself. If any part of that sentece appeals to you, this flick might be for you. Berry is deeply sincere and throws herself into the proceedings full tilt, and there is pleasure to be derived from that I guess, but if you don't sense trouble in the opening credits when six (SIX) writers are credited on this one psychological drama, then maybe this one's for you. For me? Not so much.
Great performance by Halle Berry in a ho-hum film about a woman with multiple personalities. The film feels more SCRIBBLE than SYBIL as it's kind of patched together by about 100 writers in fairly broad strokes. Not bad, not boring, just fairly standard-issue mental illness fare here. The revelations aren't terribly surprising, and the main character's journey doesn't completely engage...but still, Berry digs deep and gives it everything she's got, which is considerable. I loved her, especially in her early scenes as a stripper, where her character is at her loosest. Phylicia Rashad and Chandra Wilson, as mother and sister respectively, don't have a lot to do, but they do it well. Stellan Skarsgard is warmer than usual and is a fine match for Berry here. Not much else to say. It's a "wow" within a "meh".
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