Run time: 100 mins
Escape to a Portuguese resort, without having to risk actually travelling, through this Isabelle (extraordinary) Huppert-led family saga
Taking place on a single day in a picturesque mountain village, famous French actress Frankie (the gloriously unsentimental Huppert) has gathered her family for a summer holiday, knowing it will likely be her last. Despite the tranquil location, the family members work through their struggles with love, marriage and money.
Members of the group include Jimmy (the one-and-only Brendan Gleeson) Frankie’s husband who is processing the thought of losing his soulmate. Frankie’s son from her first marriage, Paul (Jérémie Renier) who has tension with step-sibling Sylvia (Vinette Robinson). She is contemplating the future of her rocky marriage with Ian (Ariyon Bakare) while Frankie is scheming to set up her son with hair stylist Ilene (Marisa Tomei). Exploring the meaning of life while maintaining a light touch, Huppert grounds the ensemble with her command over a character preparing for her final close-up.
Writer-director Ira Sachs is known for his gentle human dramas, and Frankie feels like an American version of an Éric Rohmer film, revealing the nature of its characters through intimate conversations rather than sweeping gestures. (Jack Whiting)
A fabulous unmelodramatic melodrama. Don’t miss.