Three generations of a European family come together in the fabled town of Sintra, Portugal, for one last vacation before the family matriarch faces the next, and last, chapter of her life. Over the course of one crisp October day, the fairy tale setting brings about everyone's most romantic impulses, revealing both cracks between them, as well as unexpected depth of feeling. A successful actress used to getting her way, Francoise "Frankie" Cremont has a secret plan: she wants to marry off Paul, her perpetually single son, to Ilene, an American hairstylist she befriended on a film shoot in New York.
“WHAT A THOROUGH PLEASURE TO BE IN THE COMPANY OF FRANKIE, A FILM THAT FEELS LIKE A SUMPTUOUS BEACH READ ON A LAZY AFTERNOON”
- Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com
“FRANKIE, WHILE ABOUT A FAMILY, IS ALSO A PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN FACE TO FACE WITH HER OWN MORTALITY, AND HOW, NO MATTER OUR STAGE OF LIFE, WE DESPERATELY TRY TO AVOID THE INEVITABLE”
- Sara Clements, Exclaim!
“THE CUSTOMARILY SKILLFUL SACHS HERE TAKES A FRANKLY RAREFIED APPROACH A LITTLE REMINISCENT OF THE AUSTRALIAN DIRECTOR BEN HACKWORTH – FRAMING THE IDYLLIC ‘NATURAL’ SETTINGS AS IF THEY WERE BACKDROPS MADE FOR THE ACTORS TO STAND AGAINST”
- Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia)
Directed by Ira Sachs
Runtime: 98 minutes
Language: English and French and Portuguese with English subtitles
Rated: PG: coarse language