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French Exit

(Rated M)

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“My plan was to die before the money ran out”

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Overview

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.

Official Selection
— New York Film Festival 2020, Berlin International Film Festival 2021
“Michelle Pfeiffer at her glamorous best”
— The Sydney Morning Herald
“A reminder of the wonders of Pfeiffer’s talent, and a tonic for all those frayed blondes and neurotics for whom she’ll always be a reigning screen queen”
— ABC Arts
“Pfeiffer is wonderful in a role that demands she be as defiant and as catty as possible; Frances is as sharp and as clear as can be”
— Polygon

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.

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  • Year: 2020
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Azazel Jacobs
  • Cast: Lucas Hedges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tracy Letts
  • Duration: 113 minutes
  • Language: English and French with English subtitles
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