Francine (2012)


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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

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Melissa Leo
as Francine
Dave Clark
as Pet Store Manager
Mike Halstead
as Veterinarian
Marietta Hanley
as Prison Guard
Brendan Burke
as Prison Administrator
Colin Mulholland
as Customer with Hamster
Karen Keefe
as Customer with Bird
Joey Hoeber
as Older Man
Barbara Forman
as Pastor's Wife
Deborah Scott
as Receptionist
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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.

Jan 3, 2013 | Rating: 2/4

Francine portrays a woman on the socioeconomic margins and the sort of fiscal cliff that personalizes the phrase no politician can avoid these days.

Nov 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/4

Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky, documentary makers trying their hand at drama, inspire a certain voyeuristic fascination toward the character but rarely sympathy.

Nov 8, 2012 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 8, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Francine" is a small, detailed character study that never evolves into anything more.

Oct 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What with the unexciting hand-held camerawork, and the off-putting script and lead performance, "Francine" remains as frustrating as its inscrutable title character.

Sep 14, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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