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Hardly a year goes by that legendary French actress Isabelle Hupert isn’t prominently featured at Cannes. At least 26 of her movies have been programmed at the festival, she’s won the Best Actress prize twice, and she’s the rare person to have served on the Competition jury more than once. But the perennial favorite could be serving up something particularly special when the lights go down on the Croisette next month.
Co-written and directed by Ira Sachs (“Love Is Strange,” “Keep the Lights on”), a major American filmmaker who’s making his festival debut in Competition, “Frankie” will be the first time since “Heaven’s Gate” that Huppert has gone to Cannes with a lead role in an English-language film. And when the subject came up in an interview with IndieWire last month, Huppert’s eyes lit up as she insisted that her performance in the bucolic family drama is “very, very different from anything I’ve done before.”
Shot - Resort - Town - Sintra - Portugal
Shot in the gorgeous resort town of Sintra, Portugal, and set over the course of a single tumultuous day, “Frankie” tells the story of a family vacation that takes a turn for the worse when a dramatic event of some kind pulls at three generations’ worth of deep-seated tension. If Sachs’ previous work is any indication, it’s a safe bet that the film will be a sensitive, humane, and quietly jarring story of strained love.
Huppert, who plays the matriarch, had only seen a few snippets of the film last month, but she was already elated with the results. “I can tell that it’s very tender,” she said. “Nothing really tragic happens in the...
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