Frank The Bastard (2015)


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Still reeling from a rocky divorce and the recent death of her father, Clair Defina, a 33 year-old New York writer, needs a change. Her best friend, Isolda, suggests they drive up the coast of Maine to the remote northern region where Claire spent her early childhood. Clair and her father left when she was six, following the tragic death of her mother in a fire, and she hasn't returned since. Arriving in the quaint but dilapidated seaside town of Edgeport, Clair meets an eclectic group of locals, many of whom once lived on a nearby commune with her parents in the 1970's. She's surprised when they tell her she has family her father never told her about, a 90 year old great Aunt Dora living out on a farm at the edge of town with her daughter Alice. Over the next 48 hours, Clair must deal with an increasingly dangerous present while delving into the murky past. As she comes face to face with the toxic legacy that has been buried beneath the town-- literally and figuratively--for decades, she also has a series of strange encounters with the enigmatic Frank Byron, Cyrus' bastard son. But in Frank, Clair ultimately finds her only ally in what will become a battle to redeem the crimes of the past and protect their future. (C) Official Site

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Brad Coley's slow-paced thriller has a decent cast, but can't draw the viewer into its convoluted, overstuffed mystery.

Jul 24, 2015 | Full Review…
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A complex, engrossing mystery that holds up in repeated viewings.

Jul 23, 2015 | Full Review…

Complex and possessed of an otherworldly serenity, Frank gets too little screen time; developing his character further might have redeemed this movie.

Jul 23, 2015 | Full Review…

Why doesn't Wendy Vanden Heuvel do more film? As Clair's cranky cousin Alice, she does more acting with a smirk and a turtleneck than the rest of the cast combined.

Jul 22, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A basic-cable-caliber drama in which tragic outsiders harbor obscured small-town secrets and the overconfident belief they're characters in a Eugene O'Neill play.

Jul 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Don't let its title fool you - Frank The Bastard is a dull, sluggish watch that's as exciting as visiting Maine is in real life.

Jul 31, 2015 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

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