News

‘Francine’ Trailer Shows Profound Desperation and Melissa Leo Rubbing Cats On Her Face

Francine Movie 2012

In Francine, Melissa Leo plays a woman leaving prison to return to society, dealing with mountains and molehills on the outside. From the look of the trailer, the Oscar winner has the weight of the world on her shoulders as the movie – the feature narrative debut of documentarians Melanie Shatzky and Brian M. Cassidy – appears to be the cinematic equivalent of the photo on a driver’s license.

It’s stark, raw and attentive to detail. It will have you aching for background music (or anything, anything at all) to take your attention away from the imagery.

And what’s with the cats? Is her cat lady status profound or perplexing? How did a trailer featuring an actress rubbing cats on her face just make me want to see the film? Maybe it’s because she looks absolutely nothing like she did for her role in The Fighter. It’s transformative and proof of her amazing strength as a performer.

Check it out for yourself:

Francine is playing at the MoMA in New York on September 12th and will expand nationally soon after.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

Read More from Scott Beggs
Get Film School Rejects in your email. All the cool kids are doing it:
Previous Article
Next Article
Reject Nation
0 Comments
Leave a comment
Comment Policy: No hate speech allowed. If you must argue, please debate intelligently. Comments containing selected keywords or outbound links will be put into moderation to help prevent spam. Film School Rejects reserves the right to delete comments and ban anyone who doesn't follow the rules. We also reserve the right to modify any curse words in your comments and make you look like an idiot. Thank You!