Monday, August 18, 2014

Little Shop of Movies:Frankie & Alice-Available Now(2010)

With the Teenage Turtles and all explosions happening on movie screens across the globe it is always a challenge more and more to find a film that actually makes you pay attention and feel rewarded doing so.
Story Synopsis:
A drama centered on a go-go dancer with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and begins working with a psychotherapist to uncover the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her.
Honestly the way in which this film treats how the doctor cares for her and the way in which each individual illness is treated in this film is a breath of fresh air, not an easy subject for many to talk about. That being said is also something that is not easily understood--many many people were locked up and poorly treated because of their illnesses. The doctors are usually always abusing their patients etc, more things to dramatize and trivialize due strictly to  the fact of not knowing or caring to do the research or talk to people that suffer from symptoms suffered that they are covering in their film.
Frankie(above) is a stripper in a local strip club , she also has another woman inside of her (Alice)-who is a racist white woman that hates the fact she lives in a black woman's body and tries to cover it up with cream.
The incidents covered in this film are never done to any extreme to where the viewer would laugh etc, but to share her story and see the illness that is possible to be in all our minds.
Stellan Skarsgard plays her doctor that is unconventionally caring for her -very sympathetic and caring Dr. Oz.
Stellan has always been a favourite actor of mine and he shines here.
There is some real raw emotion in this film that a good number of times is told just by the eyes or body language as it is evident in the picture above --no words are spoken as Halle Berry walks out of the frame here but some real power.
The old saying less is more needs to be practiced more in film today.
This film has given me a new found respect for Halle Berry-her performance here is one of the best I have seen this year or any other in regards to performance by an actress, period.

Here is an article by Variety stating the film has been shot in 2008 and then released in some festivals in 2010-now available on DVD in 2014-see what took so long.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

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