Dear FrankieDirector: Shona Auerbach, Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone, Gerard Butler
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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 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
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Cast & Crew
|Emily Mortimer||Lizzie Morrison|
|Jack McElhone||Frankie Morrison|
|Gerard Butler||The Stranger|
|Mary Riggans||Nell Morrison|
|Jayd Johnson||Catriona Murray|
|Sean Browne||Ricky Munroe|
|Anne Marie Timoney||Janet|
|Anna Hepburn||Mrs. Wallace|
|Kate Murphy||Miss MacKenzie|
|Peter Brill||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Stephen Evans||Executive Producer|
|Angus Finney||Executive Producer|
|Matthew T. Gannon||Co-producer|
|Joe Geary||Asst. Director|
|Alex Heffes||Score Composer|
|Margaret Horspool||Art Director|
|François Ivernel||Executive Producer|
|Jennifer Kernke||Production Designer|
|Cameron Mccracken||Executive Producer|
|Carole K. Millar||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Oral Norrie Ottey||Editor|
|Duncan Reid||Executive Producer|
1. Moving Again [6:27]
2. Stamps & Secrets [8:18]
3. New Friends [4:37]
4. The Bet [5:54]
5. Mommy's Wardrobe [6:00]
6. Looking for a Man [6:42]
7. The Stranger [9:05]
8. Winning the Bet [5:54]
9. A Day With Dad [11:22]
10. Flesh & Blood [5:22]
11. One More Day [10:24]
12. We're All Connected [9:39]
13. Obituary [8:22]
14. Last Letter [3:49]
15. End Credits [2:39]
Captions and Subtitles
English for the Hearing Impaired
The Story of Dear Frankie
View the Film With Commentary By Director Shona Auerbach
Father and Son
Lizzie Meets Marie
Marie's Flat, Lizzie Confesses
Risky Is Bullied
View Deleted Scenes With Commentary By Director Shona Auerbach
Interview With Director Shona Auerbach
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I have watched it 6 times and will watch it again many times. Having been to this area of Scotland twice made it extra special. But, for those who haven't been there, this jewel of film combines love, suspense, humor, anguish, with great casting, and beautiful music. The world could use some jewels like Dear Frankie, which is devoid of violence, and the excesses so often found in films these days.
This is a funny, sweet, touching movie. It is extremely unique and so, so well acted. It's really quite hard to find such a heartwarming movie as this today. Buy it. No need to rent, just buy it. You won't regret it.
Dear Frankie was rented by my nineteen year old daughter who saw the love a mother can have in order to protect her kid, even when things start to unravel she does what she has to do to keep up the faux. Surprises happen along the way.
mainly because acting is a sort of lying, and some great person once said, "There's a mortality to lying." Joseph Conrad, I think. Anyway, I don't believe in acting, but I do believe in story-telling, which is telling the truth in a very truthful, wonderful way. This film is one of the greatest works of story-telling I've ever seen. The characters are real, the plot is real, and the emotions inspired in the viewer--or at least, the emotions I felt while watching it--were very real. I saw this with my mother and my grandmother: my mother didn't like it, which means that it was a good movie, and my grandmother and I loved it, which also means that it was a good movie. In other words, if you have good taste in film and value story-telling and recognize the mortality of acting, buy this DVD.
This film was sad, funny, and sweet. On top of it all, it gave me hope: hope that love can happen when and where you least expect it.
This movie is a jewel, quiet and thoughtful yet at the same time emotionally powerful. All the actors are excellent, in particular Gerard Butler whose screen presence is captivating. His eyes speak volumes as they did in Phantom of the Opera, probably his best role yet. Just to watch him act is a reason to try this movie.
This was the best movie that I have seen in a long time! I was very moved and inspired by this down to earth movie. What a powerful story. I was moved to tears. The actors were amazing. Gerard Butler as the Stranger was the best role I have ever seen him in. He has come a long way from Dracula! It also makes me want to visit Scotland! I recommend this movie highly.
Cheers to everyone involved in the making of this lovely film. It's sweet without being sicking, a rare treat. The actors hit just the right note of honesty and make the basic premise, as unlikely as it is, believeable.
I wasn't able to find this movie to rent so I just took a chance and bought the DVD and since watching it I have not been sorry that I did. This is a wonderful movie with much heart and soul. The young star, Jack McElhone who plays Frankie is absolutely charming as well as Emily Mortimer. Since I am a huge Gerard Butler fan I thought he was terrific as the stranger who pretends to be Frankie's father. This is a great film that the whole family can experience. Beautiful location, great music, and superb acting from talented actors. A must for any movie lover's collection.
Dear Frankie is a wonderfully heart warming story with many lessons within. Out of tragedy and adversity, comes forgiveness, compassion, truth and new beginnings. My 9 year old son and I watched this movie together and loved it! A must see movie. This is definitely one for the DVD collection.
Not knowing anything about this movie, my family rented it this weekend. We truly enjoyed it. It isn't full of excitement, special effects, or other high-tech movie magic. It is, however, filled, with great acting, beautiful Scottish backdrops, and a touching story. It's the story of a mother who is trying to do what she thinks is best for her son. She writes letters, making her son think they are from his father. When the ship that his father is supposed to be on comes to town, the mother has to decide what to do. She decides to hire someone to pretend to be Frankie's father. It's a sweet, sensitive movie with a bit of a twist in the plot at the end. I highly recommend this movie!
If it was a lesser film, I would've succumbed to my mom telling me it was high time I went to bed (she had a point--it was 2 in the morning). She chose the wrong time and the wrong movie to tell me that, though. I had stopped it just as Emily Mortimer/Lizzie was looking up at Gerard Butler/the Stranger. That closeup shot of her face was all I needed to convince me that I may as well just pretend to stop the movie and show my mom I was indeed going to bed when every part of me intended to keep watching until the last frame. So I did just that--I watched the whole movie. And I don't regret it at all. Unexpected tears came to my eyes at strangely moving moments. Sometimes a look did it, oftentimes just a line, and the ending was really the hook, line, and sinker. This story couldn't have been told in a finer way...so I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to immerse myself in Lizzie's and Frankie's world, even just for two hours.