Ira Sachs’ ‘Frankie’ Is An Overstuffed Family Drama That Somehow Stifles The Great Isabelle Huppert [Cannes Review]

A few great family dramas mark recent Cannes history — last year’s Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters” comes to mind, as well as Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” in competition this year. Ira Sachs’ “Frankie” is unfortunately not among them.

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Sachs’ meandering, slow-to-develop, and slower-to-finish family drama introduces Isabelle Huppert as Françoise, an aging French movie star whose terminal illness means the remaining days with her (confusingly fractured) family are limited.

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