FRANKIE & ALIVE was directed by Geoffrey Sax and stars Halle Berrym Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson, Rosalyn Coleman, Joanne Baron, Matt Frewer and Brian Markinson.
This psychological drama set in the 1970s follows Frankie, an African American go-go dancer who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID). What happens is when she switches personalities it freaks the people out around her and this leaves her all alone most of the time. Frankie is reckless at times (when she’s not herself) and the people around her do not understand what exactly is happening to her so they all distance themselves from her. Frankie meets a psychotherapist (Skarsgård) who not only becomes fascinated with her disorder but he sincerely wants to help her with this.
Frankie struggles to retain her true self and even her sanity while fighting against her two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old named “Genius” and a Southern white racist woman named “Alice.” With the help of her new doctor friend, Frankie begins a slow journey to unlock these identities that live inside of her. Ultimately and with the help of this kind psychotherapist, Frankie is able to release a startling and disturbing secret from her past that’s the root of these alter egos.
Okay, I have to say I really enjoyed this movie a lot more than I thought I would. The movie originally released in theaters back in 2010 so why it took so long for it to finally arrive on home video I don’t know. The story is really captivating and even haunting at times, especially knowing that this is actually based on a real person. Halle Berry puts on one hell of a performance dancing around from character to character, each one having their own unique personality. As much as I did get into this movie with all of the suspense, it was the ending that sort of lost steam for me as it kind of just ended, just all of a sudden like. Frankie does face her demons with the help of the doctor but we don’g get to see anything past that point and I was a little disappointed with this cut off point. That is really the only low point of the movie, if you even want to call it that because Frankie & Alice was a good movie.
The packaging comes with a slip cover featuring the artwork you see up top. The back includes movie details, a few images and special feature. Inserting the disc, the menu was simple and easy to navigate.
Bottom line is, Frankie & Alice is a really good movie. Halle Berry puts on a show with these characters and the unique personalities each one possesses. I also liked the authentic 1970s look and feel of the movie. If you’re looking for a good drama with just a small touch of the dark side to it, be sure you check out this DVD when it releases on August 12th.
Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Run Time: 101 Minutes
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English and Spanish
- Making of Frankie & Alice Featurette
- Ultraviolet Digital Copy