Frankie & Alice (2010) - Biography, Drama

Hohum Score

11

Watchable

A drama centered on a go-go dancer with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and begins working with a psychotherapist to uncover the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Geoffrey Sax
Stars: Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgård
Length: 101 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 4 out of 46 found boring (8.69%)

One-line Reviews (18)

Then you'll be on the edge of your seat with tears in your eyes when, at the end, the terrible crisis from her youth is starkly revealed.

As one who lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder, I found the film engaging, honest and true to life.

It was intriguing, suspenseful, and unpredictable.

As the story unfolds the film is slow and mesmerising, with a great soundtrack and spot-on fashion for the period.

The result is riveting without being distractingly dazzling.

As for the movie itself it is very good and worth watching even though it did seem to drag a little bit.

The film is engaging and gripping throughout, and it is hard not to be sympathetic towards Frankie as her painful past is revealed through a series of flashbacks.

Ms. Berry on the other hand was on point she was emotionally engaging, showing a range that was both compelling and evoked compassion for what her character had endured.

She has taken a compelling story (one whose message could have helped those afflicted with the ailment) and turned it into a mirror on the wall in which we are meant to gaze at the best actor in the land.

There is an intriguing white racist personality which digs a little deeper and is something different.

I enjoyed this story because it was interesting and not a new construct, it was nice to see the bad guy in the usual places, but to find a completely unexpected bad guy in this film was bittersweet.

The amazing finale on the psychiatrist's couch is quite breathtaking, both plot wise and acting wise.

While the theme of dissociative identity disorder has played a key part in many movies like 'Sybil' (to name a few), I've always found it a fascinating theme.

HB acting gets better & betterI'm glad she's doing more depth films like other actresses-not typical, predictable stories and she always adds a little twist to make it interesting :DIMDb shows movie did not do so good at box office-no shocker since I had no clue it existed and normally hb movies are big deals and get hype.

Berry demonstrated hurt, pain, confusion, and delirium.

The film as a whole has good production values and is nice to look at but the story is clichéd and uneventful.

Evocative musical selections from Marvin Gaye, The Everly Brothers, Kool & The Gang and The Miles Davis Quintet also provide illuminating and memorable detours along Frankie's journey.

Despite my objections above, the film has enough of interest about it to make it worth watching and as already mentioned Halle Berry gives a stellar performance (albeit at times it's a slightly overwhelming one/two woman type performance).