Frankie and Alice

Geoffrey Sax's Frankie & Alice comes with some warning signs: the words "based on true events," for starters, along with three credits for "original story" and five for the screenplay. (It took eight people to tell a true story?) Then there's the fact that this film has been sitting on the shelf since 2010. Fortunately, Frankie & Alice is by no means the train wreck any of that would suggest, especially for a film starring Halle Berry as a stripper suffering from multiple personalities.

Frankie (Berry) puts herself under the care of a psychotherapist played by Stellan Skarsgard in his lovable eccentric mode, making the picture feel like all the more like an unintentional, nudity-free companion piece to Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac. (Speaking of such things, the Frankie character being a stripper may be factually accurate, but it doesn't really figure into the movie's themes, and it's easy to suspect it was a happy conjunction of historical fidelity with prurient interests.) Frankie & Alice is lurid -- again, she's a stripper -- and occasionally silly in the way that so many multiple-personality stories wind up being. It never quite shakes the feeling of being Berry's self-conscious return to respectability after a decade of Catwomen and X-Men. Still, it's occasionally imaginative, and, most importantly, never boring.


  • Geoffrey Sax


  • Stellan Skarsgård
  • Halle Berry
  • Matt Frewer
  • Chandra Wilson
  • Phylicia Rashad
  • Melanie Papalia
  • James Kirk
  • Emily Tennant
  • Brian Markinson
  • Kira Clavell


  • Cheryl Edwards

Frankie and Alice is not showing in any theaters in the area.

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