Directed by Shona Auerbach, Dear Frankie revolves around nine-year-old Frankie (Jack McElhone) and his mother, Lizzie (Emily Mortimer). The mother and son duo have been on the run for as long as Frankie, who has been deaf for years, can remember. In an effort to protect Frankie from the truth -- that a psychotic father, whose physical abuse caused ...Read MoreDirected by Shona Auerbach, Dear Frankie revolves around nine-year-old Frankie (Jack McElhone) and his mother, Lizzie (Emily Mortimer). The mother and son duo have been on the run for as long as Frankie, who has been deaf for years, can remember. In an effort to protect Frankie from the truth -- that a psychotic father, whose physical abuse caused his hearing loss, is at the root of their constant need to move from one home to the next -- Lizzie pens a series of letters from Frankie's "father" in hopes of assuaging his curiosity. However, when Frankie becomes convinced that his father is taking a break from his exotic adventures and making his way back home, Lizzie must make a tough decision: find another way to pacify Frankie's desire to meet his father or tell him the awful truth. Tracie Cooper, RoviRead Less
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"Dear Frankie" is just about the perfect movie: completely absorbing, unusual plot, excellent acting by all and a romantic lead who surpasses Mr. Darcy.
This is the story of deaf boy Frankie (winningly played by Jack McElhone) whose mother, Lizzie (Emily Mortimer) writes letters to him supposedly by his father, but written by her to alleviate the lack of a second parent. So the story unfolds, and does so at a good pace, with new insights in almost every scene. Forced by circumstances to find a real live man to play Frankie's father for a day, into the film comes the ultimate leading man, The Stranger, played by charismatic Gerard Butler. Mary Riggans playing Nell, the grandmother steals a few of the scenes, and Sean Brown is so believeable as the sly, sneaky schoolfriend, that he steals a couple of scenes himself.
What a relief to find a film that doesn't rush, that doesn't fracture the mood with intrusive music, that allows itself to unfold and charm.
It's a classic.