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Dear Frankie

Category: Dear Frankie Reviews
Article Date: January 14, 2005 | Publication: Dublinks | Author: critic

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A powerful moving Scottish drama that unfolds intimate details about a single mother, her deaf son and his grandmother.

The film opens with Granny Nell (Mary Riggans), single Mum Lizzie (Emily Mortimer) and her nine year-old son, Frankie (Jack Mc Elhone) moving house to a quaint and small fishing village on the coast of Scotland. Single Mum Lizzie (Emily Mortimer) is deeply protective over Frankie who is deaf. As long as Frankie can remember they have been on the move. Frankie's only contact with his father is through letters as he believes his father works on a ship that is sailing around the world.

In fact it's his mother Lizzie writing to him. It is the only way that she can hear her son's thoughts. Unbeknownst to Frankie, the reason that they are constantly moving is to hide away from Frankie's father who almost killed Frankie and his mother and is the cause of Frankie's deafness. Frankie discovers that his father's ship will soon dock in their new seaside village and makes a bet with the school bully, Ricky Munroe (Sean Brown) that his father will visit him for the football trials. In order for Frankie's relationship to continue with his supposed sea-sailing father, Lizzie arranges for a stranger to play the part of the estranged father for one day.

Dear Frankie is a poignant film with a naturalness that is extremely rare. The entire cast are excellent and any cinemagoer will thoroughly enjoy this simple and heart felt story.

Date of Opening ofDear Frankie TBA.
Cert: PG


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