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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Remember When Halle Berry Was Nominated for a Golden Globe in 2011 for Her Performance as a Woman with Multiple Personality Disorder? That Film Now Has a New Trailer and Release Date

So...this is a little awkward. The movie for which Halle Berry earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2011 (and won a NAACP Image Award) has finally released a trailer, and has a new release date of April 4th. Obviously it's a bit confusing because usually when you're nominated for a movie, the audience expects to see it in theaters at least that year. But not this one. Let's call FRANKIE & ALICE the little engine that could and leave it at that.

I actually saw the film a long while back on a screener DVD (and could have sworn it had a limited release in theaters at one point--but I may be wrong about that). As you can probably tell, I thought the movie was so forgettable that I, well, forgot about it. But I have to hand it to Halle Berry; she continues to work steadily if it's in some questionable movies (though I still appreciate the ambitious Cloud Atlas). Like this one, for instance, in which she plays a woman who suffers from multiple personalities--one being that of a racist. So you can only imagine how that will play out.

It's a bit Lifetime movie of the week, but I'd be curious to hear what others think about it. Here's a little more about it:

From Codeblack Films and the executive producers of INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE and LACKAWANNA BLUES comes a mind-bending drama starring Academy Award® Winner and Golden Globe® Nominee Halle Berry (THE CALL, MONSTER'S BALL). FRANKIE & ALICE is inspired by the remarkable true story of an African American go-go dancer "Frankie" with multiple personalities (dissociative identity disorder or “DID”) who struggles to remain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old child named Genius and a Southern white racist woman named Alice. In order to stop the multiple voices in her head, Frankie (Halle Berry) works together with a psychotherapist (Stellan Skarsgard) to uncover and overcome the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her. Always at the forefront of women’s issues, from Halle Berry, Academy Award® winner turned film producer, comes a must-see, award-worthy film FRANKIE & ALICE - a moving psychological drama inspired by a woman suffering with multiple personality disorder in early 1970s Los Angeles.

In addition to Skarsgard, Chandra Wilson and Phylicia Rashad are also part of the cast, so that's also something...Thoughts? Personally, I am more interested in seeing what Berry will bring to the small screen in the upcoming sci-fi series, Extant.


Jason H. said...

Academy Award aside, given her current trajectory, I want to believe that Berry is making her claim for B-Movie Queen of Our Time. Even when the roles she's playing are flat-out ridiculous, she really commits to them. I'd love to see her embrace the camp and keep doing these daffy projects.

Andrew K. said...

I saw FRANKIE and ALICE way back then, too, I'm wondering how but I guess a screener too. It has its issues but I remember writing that considering how the premise seemed hell bent on something overwrought and unearned Halle was very restrained in a fine way. I'm always in her corner hoping she'll get another good role, I'm curious to see how audience respond to it.

(Also, I'm always here for the release of anything with Phylicia Rashād.)

Also, I really really liked her in CLOUD ATLAS. Her plot of the pseudo-thriller/investigator is something I'd actually like to see her play around with more.

Daniel said...

Interesting cast but it does sound a lot like lifetime fodder. Still curious about her getting nominated back in 2011 but never get a release, wonder if that's the first time that's happened....

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