There’s good casting, and then there is good casting. Indie auteur Ira Sachs
has long excelled at populating his tender, family-driven films with big names, but for his latest, he’s reached a new level: casting beloved actress Isabelle Huppert
as, well, a beloved actress. In “Frankie
,” Huppert stars as the eponymous Frankie, a famous French performer with a big secret. When she requests that her family join her on a trip to a sunny Portuguese hamlet, what follows is warm, often confusing exploration into family dynamics, with Huppert at the center.
“Frankie” also stars Brendan Gleeson
, Marisa Tomei
, Jeremie Renier, and Greg Kinnear
. The film premiered at Cannes in May and will next screen at Tiff next month.
At Cannes, IndieWire
’s David Ehrlich
wrote that the film features Huppert’s most vulnerable performance to date. He continued, “Set across a 12-hour stretch of a misbegotten family vacation