Francine (2012)

Director: Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky
Writer: Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky
Cast: Melissa Leo, Victoria Charkut, Keith Leonard
Part of: Viennale

Francine (Melissa Leo) was just released from prison and is trying to rebuild her life. She starts working in a pet store, but soon her withdrawn, a bit surly attitude costs her that job. The local church group, headed by Linda (Victoria Charkut) tries to help her find a new job. But Francine generally has a really hard time connecting to people. The only really meaningful relationships she can make are with the various pets she keeps collecting.

Melissa Leo is fantastic, and the film was a wonderful, sensitive character study that uses her in the best possible way. I loved it.

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