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½ October 18, 2012
Probably Lange's best film, her performance makes an otherwise unremarkable film remarkable. Robbed by the Academy of her Oscar, which went to the usual hammy Streep (who never should have been cast in any non-comic role), it gave Lange the Best Supporting Actress Oscar that year for her walk through in Tootsie.
hunterjt13
Super Reviewer
½ October 8, 2012
A beautiful actress with a rebellious streak is plagued by perceived mental illness.
Jessica Lange, who received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for this role, delivers a gut-wrenching performance in the title role. Her free-spirited portrayal of healthy Frances is tempered by the film's plot, which puts her through the barbarity that we once called medicine in mental health. Sam Shepard is also quite strong as one of Frances's few supporting friends.
It may be that the film can't fashion a believable narrative out of the facts, but the idea that Frances would go back to her mother after many of the events the film depicts defies all we know about the character, and her meager excuse that "She's still my mother" in the words of Rocky the Flying Squirrel "Just doesn't wash."
Overall, regardless of its plot-related flaws, you should see this film if only for Lange who plumbs emotional depths to produce a tragically wounded character.
½ July 8, 2012
Moved Way too Slow. Had to turn it off after 30 minutes.
½ June 3, 2012
Incredible performance by Lange
½ May 8, 2012
One of the best films I've seen. Ms. Lange is among the best actresses ever.
May 5, 2012
good to finally get an idea of what Frances Farmers life was like. I never really knew why Kurt cobain wrote a song about her, or who she was.
April 19, 2012
Amazing film, jessica Lange never disappoints you, and what Frances Farmer endured I can't believe. I read her autobiography even more horrifying.
April 10, 2012
Sad tragic story of the life of frances farmer hollywood star turned tragic icon jessica lange is amazing in this as is sam shepard i have this on dvd and if u like drama movies this might be one u may like
January 11, 2012
This is a very difficult film to watch. Jessica Lange gives an incredible performance, as the long tortured actress Frances Farmer. She was nominated for an Oscar, for this role, and she certainly earned that nomination!
December 10, 2011
very powerful, very very sad.
October 26, 2011
Excellent performances and story.
½ July 4, 2011
Wonderful biopic of the late 1930s Hollywood star Frances Farmer that tells a little known yet horrific, story but is over-Hollywoodised. Jessica Lange makes a miraculous job in playing Frances with paranoia in her rolling eyes and makes her look-like a madwoman indeed. And I think Kim Stanley who played France's mother, Lillian, is perfectly. The movie shows how someone can be completely destroyed by misunderstandings, enlarged by a ridiculous amount of media attention.
This is truly a very discomforting look at how the human spirit can be totally crushed by tragic, though changeable, circumstances.
July 1, 2011
Writing and direction were somewhere between Lifetime Movies and Hallmark Hall of Fame. But Jessica Lange as little-remembered actress Frances Farmer and Kim Stanley as her mother are beyond reproach. This movie is worth watching just for their performances.
deano
Super Reviewer
½ July 1, 2011
Wonderful biopic of the late 1930s Hollywood star Frances Farmer that tells a little known yet horrific, story but is over-Hollywoodised. Jessica Lange makes a miraculous job in playing Frances with paranoia in her rolling eyes and makes her look-like a madwoman indeed. And I think Kim Stanley who played France's mother, Lillian, is perfectly. The movie shows how someone can be completely destroyed by misunderstandings, enlarged by a ridiculous amount of media attention.
This is truly a very discomforting look at how the human spirit can be totally crushed by tragic, though changeable, circumstances.
Super Reviewer
½ June 30, 2011
The film starts as a standard biopic, charting the success of actress Frances Farmer in all her mundane glory. There are scenes of her atheism, lack of fear towards becoming a social outcast when she journeys to Communist Russia, and a very quick rise to prominence at a major studio. These are the trivial aspects to the rebellious Farmer, not wanting to be labeled a Hollywood starlet, but instead a Broadway actress, even starring in a play while staying out of the press' spotlight. It's when she becomes blacklisted by her former Hollywood studio and forced to leave the stage for low budget B-movies that Farmer cracks, leading to arrests on the charge of assault and battery, trying to force the men keeping her from doing what she wants to look at her as outspoken. Still, Farmer's antics become outrageous and erratic, screaming at police officers, psychiatrists, and her own mother. Her exploits are spread across the papers, and her only recourse seems to be more screaming and physical violence towards everyone around her. In these instances there is an element of over the top Hollywood spin on the film, to create more drama. The thing that makes this film amazing, is Farmer's relationship with her mother, who continually admits her to filthy mental hospitals, from which her daughter runs away with her longtime boyfriend, Harry. In the final part of the film, we are finally shown an act that diminishes everything Farmer strode for: independence, her own voice, her own life. It's taken away, and replaced by mild temperament and neutral stance. It's quite a powerful scene, and anyone who watches will be terrified by society and their lengths to keep outspokenness in the Dark Ages. Dramatic and wild, Frances is hard to swallow, but captivating to watch.
June 3, 2011
Very Sad True Story, well played
April 15, 2011
Lange's acting gets a four-star review; the movie gets three stars.
½ March 3, 2011
Recently watched during TMC's Oscar month...Jessica Lange-great performance in a depressing movie-and she looks good too...
½ October 20, 2010
Love Lange's performance as mentally deteriorating actress Frances Farmer.
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