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Frank & Lola (2016)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 9 December 2016 (USA)
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A psychosexual noir love story, set in Las Vegas and Paris, about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and, ultimately, the search for redemption.

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Matthew Ross

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Matthew Ross
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Cast

Credited cast:
Imogen Poots ... Lola
Michael Shannon ... Frank
Justin Long ... Keith Winkelman
Michael Nyqvist ... Alan Larsson
Rosanna Arquette ... Patricia
Suteara Vaughn ... Sage
Emmanuelle Devos ... Claire
Alex Lombard ... Carol
David Atrakchi ... Charles
Stella Schnabel Stella Schnabel ... Hazel
Laine Rettmer ... Françoise
Maynor Alvarado ... Luis
Sophie Meister ... Isobel
Carlos Moreno Jr. ... Javier
Amy Argyle ... Rachel (as Amy Lawhorn)
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A psychosexual noir love story, set in Las Vegas and Paris, about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and, ultimately, the search for redemption.

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Love Obsession Betrayal Revenge


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

9 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Франк & Лола See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Director Matthew Ross had been trying to make this film for ten years prior to its release in 2016. Imogen Poots (Lola) admitted that his dedication attracted her to the project and it was a large deciding factor in her signing on. See more »

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Frank cuts his right hand in the kitchen, then when he is shown in the shower it's his left hand, and then in the next shot on the phone it's his right hand that is cut. In fact, the shower shot is seen through a mirror, so it is always his right hand the one he accidentally cut. See more »

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Everybody Loves Somebody
8 December 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Michael Shannon continues to be one of the most interesting actors working today. In this first feature from writer/director Matthew Ross, Mr. Shannon is the titular Frank, and his pained facial expressions elevate this neo-noir into a dark and intriguing exposition on male obsession and sexual jealousy.

The abrupt opening scene finds Frank and Lola (Imogen Poots) frolicking in bed after obviously just meeting for the first time that evening. We (and Lola) know we are in for something a bit different when Frank slams on the breaks and states, "Maybe we should wait until next time." Lola is taken aback, and we are soon watching this relationship develop … while simultaneously noting the subtle signs of troubled pasts for each of them.

Frank is a talented French chef and Lola is just starting her career as a fashion designer. His dark side flashes a bit more often, but before Lola ever comes clean, we realize there is unhappiness in her past. They seem to be two tortured souls in a jinxed relationship.

Filmmaker Ross keeps us (and Frank) on our toes as the script seems to continually offer yet another deeply held secret or mysterious character. Justin Long plays Lola's new employer, while the rarely-seen-these-days Rosanna Arquette plays Lola's name-dropping mother. However, it's Michael Nyquist (so great in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as the suave Frenchman with ties to Lola's past and present that really makes things interesting … and somehow even darker. His wife is played by the terrific French actress Emmanuelle Devos. Her screen time is limited, yet crucial.

The film was well received at Sundance, and it shares the creepiness of such films as Basic Instinct, Body Heat and Night Moves. Rarely do contemporary movies go as deep into the male psyche of obsession as this one, and the throw-back atmosphere is a perfect fit for the tone. Not many actors simmer like Michael Shannon, and the story offers him the perfect vehicle to remind us that everyone longs to be loved - even when we aren't sure we deserve it.


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