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Fabienne Berthaud's gentle psychodrama Frankie probes the events that led to emotional crisis, mental breakdown, and psychiatric hospitalization for a fashion model. Nearing the age of 30, the titular ex-cover girl (Diane Krüger) is neither particularly young nor thin. She instead resides in an asylum in Blois, France, drugged out and in a semi-catatonic state. In flashback, Berthaud dramatizes the events that led to this predicament. Once active before the cameras and highly sought-after by agents, Frankie experienced a series of minor calamities including an on-set fight with a fashion… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The chauffeur love interest feels a little tagged-on, but this is still a worthwhile watch for those interested in the dark side of fashion."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"Fabienne Berthaud's low-budget squib tells us little we didn't know about the fashion industry, but does have Diane Kruger (Troy) as its luminous centre."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Both the film and the character seem so superficial, it's impossible to work up much sympathy for either."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Apparently the life of an aging supermodel ain't what it's cracked up to be."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Diane Kruger hopes for a moment of ultra-low-budget indie cred as the title character, an emotionally fragile model whose catwalk days are numbered. The ferociously ugly digital photography shares her pain, while making the thing borderline unwatchable."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A tough slog."
‑ Neil Smith,
"The film tells us little or nothing about the model herself and that's its main defect."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Euro-glam meets Euro-gloom in this fantastically vapid piece of nonsense shot on cheap'n'cheerless digital video."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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