Dear Frankie

  • 12
  • Shona Auerbach (2003)
  • UK
  • 100 min
Dear Frankie
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Single mum Emily Mortimer tries to protect her young deaf son from the truth about his abusive father in this poignant Scottish drama from first-time feature director Shona Auerbach. This simple story is rich with precise observation and it tugs at the heartstrings without being maudlin or manipulative. Jack McElhone is wonderfully natural as nine-year-old Frankie, who corresponds religiously with his absentee dad, unaware that it's his devoted mother who's picking up the letters and faking the replies. With its sincere and perceptive script, the beautifully shot film vividly captures the raw emotions of its complex characters. Mortimer is particularly appealing, exuding a mixture of dignity and vulnerability, while Gerard Butler has magnetic allure as the stranger she pays to temporarily masquerade as Frankie's father. Despite occasional flickers of a fairy-tale ending, Auerbach ultimately resists the temptation, maintaining the realism and integrity that give this thoughtful feature its bittersweet charm.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Emily Mortimer, Gerard Butler and Jack McElhone. Single mother Lizzie tries to protect her young deaf son Frankie from the truth about his abusive father by telling him he's a sailor onboard the HMS Accra. But when Frankie reads that the Accra is about to dock at a nearby port, Lizzie faces a terrible decision.

Cast and crew

Cast

Lizzie
Emily Mortimer
The Stranger
Gerard Butler
Frankie
Jack McElhone
Marie
Sharon Small
Nell
Mary Riggans
Catriona
Jayd Johnson
Ricky Monroe
Sean Brown
Janet
Anne Marie Timoney
Davey
Cal Macaninch

Crew

Director
Shona Auerbach

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Pathé
Guidance: 
Contains some swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 21 Jan 2005
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Pathé Distribution Ltd
Categories
Drama

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