Dear Frankie

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Released 2005

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Director:
Shona Auerbach
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
A protective mother writes letters to her deaf 9-year-old son, inventing the adventures of a pretend father. When the ship actually docks, the mother must choose between telling her son the truth or finding a stranger to play her son's father for one day.

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  • 80

    Variety David Rooney

    Material that might have turned to standard dysfunctional family treacle in other hands is given stirring poignancy, warmth and emotional insight in Shona Auerbach's assured first ...

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    "Miramax porn." The term refers to manipulative tearjerkers like Dear Frankie whose sensitive performances, along with a light dusting of grit, allow them to be marketed as art fil...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Dear Frankie's surprises are few and low-key, but the story wraps up nicely.

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