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Frances

2 Ratings: 3.5
Drama movie directed by Graeme Clifford

Jessica Lange gives a career performance in a role she was born to play: the talented and troubled Frances Farmer. Farmer's awful trajectory travels from bright Seattle girl to 1930s Hollywood starlet to degraded (eventually lobotomized) mental patient. … see full wiki

Director: Graeme Clifford
Genre: Drama
2 reviews about Frances
review by . September 22, 2013
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This biopic of Frances Farmer traces her life from outspoken teen to Hollywood starlet, followed by long periods of mental illness and barbaric treatment in institutions. Jessica Lange is magnificent as Frances; her performance is riveting and heartbreaking. Sam Shepard co-stars as her lover and Kim Stanley is excellent as her mother. It is never clearly established whether Frances was really mentally ill or just a very high-strung and hard-to-handle alcoholic. The conditions she faced in the …
review by . October 11, 2005
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Jessica Lange stars as Frances Farmer in this well-crafted film based on Farmer's novel "Will There Really Be a Morning". Farmer's life recounts one of the darkest chapters in Hollywood history, as her strong political and personal ethics black- balled her career, and she eventually spent time in several mental institutions. Farmer was definitely an actress ahead-of-her-time, refusing to bow to studio conventions and only starring in films she felt were right for her talents. At the apex of her …
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