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  • Summary: After years of incarceration, a quiet, lonely woman, Francine (Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo), is released to start a new life in a small, rural town. But despite opportunities for warmth and connection, her years of “rehabilitation” have left her with little ability to create relationships and happiness, finding her only solace in her connections with animals. What happens when a second chance isn’t enough? (Factory 25) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 7, 2012
    88
    Melissa Leo plays her without inflection, giving us no instructions about what our opinion should be. It is a brave performance, an act of empathy with a sad woman.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 11, 2012
    80
    The movie might very well have come off as a too-clinical experiment if it weren't for Leo, who maintains a rivetingly mysterious aura even as her character's behavior becomes increasingly bizarre.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 12, 2012
    80
    A small gem of bleak, neorealist portraiture.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 11, 2012
    67
    While Francine distinguishes itself with atmospheric strangeness, Cassidy and Shatzky never create a satisfying whole.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Sep 14, 2012
    60
    At times Francine feels like a documentary as well, an intimate observational work in the mode of Frederick Wiseman or the Maysles brothers, where the omnipresence of the camera puts the characters so at ease that they reveal subtle moments of character that they might otherwise hide out of self-consciousness.
  6. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Sep 12, 2012
    58
    Francine is so minimalist that it has to rely almost entirely on Leo for solidity, and it would be a far stronger film if it supported and framed her more effectively.
  7. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Sep 13, 2012
    38
    What with the unexciting hand-held camerawork, and the off-putting script and lead performance, Francine remains as frustrating as its inscrutable title character.

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