Frankie & Alice Review
Frankie & Alice is a 2010 Canadian drama film directed by Geoffrey Sax. The screenplay by Mary Harron and Rebecca Taylor is based on the true story of Frankie Wallace, a young black woman with dissociative identity disorder in Los Angeles in the 1970s.
Halle Berry stars as Frankie, a dancer at a seedy strip club who suffers from multiple personality disorder. Her condition causes her to alternate between two personalities: Frankie, the sweet and timid woman she knows herself to be, and Alice, a brash and outrageous white racist who hates Frankie.
As Frankie tries to suppress her alter ego, Alice starts to take over more and more, leading Frankie down a dark path that includes drugs, alcohol, and prostitution.
I thought Frankie & Alice was an interesting movie. I liked Halle Berry’s performance and thought she did a great job portraying a character with Dissociative Identity Disorder. I thought the plot was interesting and well-written. However, I didn’t love the ending and felt it and “Genius”, a seven-year-old child, but as she starts to recover memories of her past, they begin to take control. Frankie’s therapist, Dr. Bowman (Stellan Skarsgård), encourages Frankie to embrace all of her personalities in order to come to terms with her disorder.
Frankie & Alice received
The film tells the story of a young woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self while fighting against two very different personalities that want control over her.
The film wasBerry’s first release in three years, since 2006’s Perfect Stranger. Frankie & Alice grossed $13 million worldwide. Despite mixed reviews from critics, Berry received praise for her performance.
The plot follows Frankie (Berry), a go-go dancer with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) who starts remembering details about a previous life as a child prostitute. Frankie tries to suppress her alternate personalities of “Alice”, an outspoken white racist, and “Geno”, a Korean War veteran, but as Frankie’s memories of her past life become more clear, her alternate personalities begin to take over. Frankie then seeks out help from a therapist (Hallett) to try to find a way to stop Alice and Geno from taking control.
Berry won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance. Frankie & Alice was nominated for eight Genie Awards, winning seven, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Halle Berry), Best Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design (Eve Stewart) and Best Achievement in Make-Up (Paul Jones). Watch Frankie & Alice for free atCinema HD today.
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