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Frankie (2019) Review: Drama-lite fare that gets lost in the Portuguese foothills

Frankie (2019) Review: Drama-lite fare that gets lost in the Portuguese foothills

There’s a definite feel to near enough every film that’s set in continental Europe. Every so often you get one that stands out from the pack – think 1999’s Tea With Mussolini. Unlike the Franco Zeffirelli classic, Frankie is some way off that standard but it does have its moments.

And rather than war-time Italy, we find ourselves in present-day Portugal – Sintra, on the Portuguese Riviera, to be exact. Imagine the Algarve, but a little more sophisticated, which is one word you could use to describe this movie, but the superlatives aren’t always easy to find.

Frankie (Isabelle Huppert) is a middle-aged French actress on her last holiday, due to terminal illness. Her family and friends, which are played by a cast including Marisa Tomei, Brendan Gleeson and Greg Kinnear, also happen to be holidaying there, too, but uncertainty in their own lives coupled with trying to tell Frankie how to live hers,

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