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TIFF 2019 Film Review: “Frankie” (2019) ★★★


Marisa Tomei as Ilene Bianchi and Isabelle Huppert as Françoise Crémont (Frankie) — ©Guy Ferrandis and SBS Productions — Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics

A dying person can see the future much clearer than the ones who’re yet to get there. The sense of family, time, appreciation and love always brings a unique feeling to someone who will soon be alive only in the memories of his or her loved ones.

“Frankie” follows its titular character portrayed by Isabelle Huppert, a famous French actress whose cancer has spread enough to spare only a few months for her to enjoy the light of life before it goes off. Inviting her family only, the woman has a few ideas in her mind to fulfill one last thing – to have the people dearest to her by her side including her long-time friend Ilene (Marisa Tomei), who’s yet to find out how bad Frankie’s situation is. Throughout the film, the family will get enough chances to grasp their fate and what to do after Frankie is gone.

Co-written and directed by Ira Sachs, “Frankie” is a family drama that revolves around a not-so-big family that must find the courage to say goodbye, and a woman who, with her last goodbye, wants to be remembered as someone who built a bonding before her death what her family could not when she was alive. Just because of that concept alone the film deserves to be seen by a large audience to realize the power of family, love, death, and what it may bring if combined together.

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