Frankie redux


I caught a preview screening of Dear Frankie tonight, and I just might have liked it more the second time around than I did when I saw it at last year’s festival. I’m working on a full review at the moment, but for now, I just want to amend one of my earlier comments. I said before that the film’s climax is “a bit of a cheat,” but now that I have seen the film again, knowing what all the final revelations are, I can see that the film doesn’t “cheat” as much as I once thought. I can’t say much more without giving away spoilers, but what I will say is that the writing and acting in certain key scenes is wonderfully open-ended and kind of mysterious; there is more going on than seems apparent at first. I understand the film is very slowly expanding into more and more North American cities — it doesn’t officially open in Vancouver for another week or two — so keep an eye open for it. It’s a nice little gem.

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).


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