15 certificateFrankie is a Film programme that first aired in 2005 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Frankie is a 3 star programme

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Frankie (2005)

Directed by
Fabienne Berthaud

Too old to remain in the business, Frankie, a 26 year old model, has to deal with her disillusionment with the profession.

Her story is told in tandem, split between a narrative, set in a mental hospital, and flashbacks from earlier in her career. Before the fall, she lives the life of a busy model, being driven from photo shoot to photo shoot, a glorious mannequin upon which to display clothes.

Berthaud's fascinating depiction adopts an intimate documentary-like approach, blending together two distinct environments; the frenetic action of a photographer's studio, where Frankie is slowly bled dry, and the sedate and surreal ambience of the sanatorium where she attempts to rebuild her life.

Shot over three years, Berthaud persevered in the face of funding problems due to her loyalty to the then unknown Kruger as her leading lady, who herself was nearing the end of the her modelling career. The director's faith in her star paid off, as Kruger (Troy, National Treasure and Inglourious Basterds) delivers an inspired performance, testifying to her considerable range and imminent change in career path as an accomplished actress.

Forget the glamour; this is the dark heart of the fashion industry, bared for all to see

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 90 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2005

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: France

Filmed in Colour


Image for Diane KrugerDiane Kruger...Frankie
Jeannick Gravelines...Tom
Brigitte Catillon...Suzy la tenancière de la maison des filles
Christian Wiggert...Le photographe
Jay Alexander...Kate le directeur de casting
Jean-Louis Place...Le psychiatre
Gérald Marie...Lorenzo Ferretti le manager
Sylvia Hoeks...Rumina
Alexander Schwab...Le booker
Claude Jeangirard...Le directeur de la clinique
Marina Dias...Petite amie photographe