Widowed Manhattan socialite Frances Price (Michelle Pfeiffer, in splendid form) is accustomed to a certain quality of life. Facing the daunting prospect of bankruptcy after whittling down her dead husband’s fortune, she decides to skip town altogether and flee to Paris, where a friend’s spare apartment awaits. With her devoted son Malcolm (Lucas Hedges) in tow, Frances boards a transatlantic ocean liner, smuggling the family cat Small Frank (hilariously voiced by Tracy Letts) on board in her designer handbag. With a sparkling screenplay adapted by Patrick deWitt from his best-selling novel of the same name, French Exit is a sardonic, wonderfully eccentric delight.
Why You Should See This Film
If ever a film was built to watch with a crowd (and a martini in hand), this is it. Pfeiffer is absolutely note-perfect as Frances, offbeat but never farcical, haughty but never contemptible. It’s a joy to see her in a role worthy of her unique range, and it ranks among her finest performances.
- Year: 2020
- Rating: M
- Director: Azazel Jacobs
- Cast: Lucas Hedges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tracy Letts
- Duration: 113 minutes
- Language: English and French with English subtitles