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Friday, April 01, 2005

All You Need To Know About - Dear Frankie

Movie: Dear Frankie
Director: Shona Auerbach
Writer: Andrea Gibb
Producer: (group)
Distributor: Miramax
Website: www.miramax.com/dearfrankie/
Characters:
Lizzie: Emily Mortimer
Frankie: Jack McElhone
Nell: Mary Riggans
Marie: Sharon Small
Davey Morrison: Cal Macaninch (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0531229/)
Plot: After having responded to her son's numerous letters in the guise of his father, a woman hires a stranger to pose as his dad when meeting him.

Comments:
This film also premiered at the TIFF and it either didn’t fit my schedule or I couldn’t get in… Anyhow, when Greektown pointed out that it was playing at the Cumberland (Yorkville), I was in (not to mention that the Cumberland is the only cinema in the city that has the good Ketchup sprinkles for popcorn!). This is definitely drama-central… no tears were shed, but the story is designed to pull at the heartstrings.

Frankie, Lizzie and Lizzie’s mother, Nell together live a fly-by-night life, moving constantly to elude the mysterious people who post ads in the paper looking for Lizzie. Frankie, a very well adjusted deaf child writes regular letters to his father, off at sea. The letters Frankie receives from his father are cleverly penned by his mother Lizzie, who scours stamp collecting shops in search of foreign stamps for the collection Frankie has developed from his father’s letters. When Frankie discovers that his father’s ship (picked randomly by Lizzie years ago) is due to arrive in their town, the drama is dialed up.

In comes Davey, sourced by Lizzie’s pal Marie – a mysterious man about whom we know nothing other than he’s leaving town in two days, to pose as Frankie’s father. Just so you all know, this is when my heart stopped beating. This dude (I provided the IMDB link above) is gorgeous! I put down my popcorn at this point because I was drooling. And even though I know that movies are make-believe, his character is SO AMAZING that I fell in love a little more. Anyhow, if I talk anymore about the film at this point, I’ll give it all away. Suffice it to say that the reviews in the Toronto Star and other places are all on the money. This is a really good film and if you’re a drama junkie, this with be your fix.

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