Melanie Shatzky & Brian M. Cassidy
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Academy Award winner Melissa Leo delivers a breathtaking performance in this powerful character piece. Full of buried desire coupled with an inability to meaningfully connect, Francine staggers through sex, alcohol, religion and drugs without any lasting effect. The film offers no pat explanations as to how Francine came to be who she is or where she should go next. Instead it explores her character through Leo's incredible instinct, talent and presence which combine to deliver a memorable portrait of one woman's journey
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 20
- Fresh: 12
- Rotten: 8
- Average Rating: 6.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: With no back story, scant dialogue and few narrative and psychological clues, "Francine" is an unsparing study of profound isolation.
Fresh: A glum but tenderly observed micro-portrait of a woman struggling to re-enter society after being released from prison.
Rotten: What with the unexciting hand-held camerawork, and the off-putting script and lead performance, "Francine" remains as frustrating as its inscrutable title character.
Rotten: Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky, documentary makers trying their hand at drama, inspire a certain voyeuristic fascination toward the character but rarely sympathy.