The film “Frankie” mirrors itself in being a story about missed opportunities. With such an amazing group of actors, it’s hard to imagine this film struggling. Yet, it struggles tremendously. Isabelle Huppert stars as Frankie, a once successful and acclaimed actress who’s forced to retire and decides to take one more family vacation in Portugal with some of her closest friends. The film clearly shows that all of Frankie’s family and friends have their own issues going on, but they unsuccessfully try to subdue them to be with Frankie.
I’m sure there will be plenty of critics that will disagree, referring to this movie as an “art film” that transcends Hollywood’s mainstream reboot garbage, but at the end of the day, a movie should captivate it’s audience. Why else would someone working 40+ hours a week go see a movie that will not offer any sort of escape? Even though director Ira Sachs delivers some lovely cinematography, he fails at delivering a compelling portrayal of family. With that said, the talented cast does offer some top-notch performances with Marisa Tomei standing out from all the rest (clearly showing why she deserved her shot as Aunt May in Marvel’s Spiderman: Homecoming). So, by no means were the performances to blame in this film, the issue comes from the script, it doesn’t give any real reason to care about the characters.
Overall, I felt the film was a bit slow in developing and had a lot of adult themes that I feel won’t particularly resonate within an audience of broad spectrum.