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Dear Frankie

The supremely understated Emily Mortimer ("Notting Hill") plays a single mother who must constantly change her address in order to avoid an abusive ex-husband who continues to stalk her. But Lizzie's most immediate concern rests with providing hope for her deaf son Frankie (Jake McElhone) by fueling a white lie about his dad being a crewman on a cargo ship sailing around the world. Lizzie ghostwrites letters from Frankie's ideal father until the ship he allegedly sails on docks in Glasgow harbor, forcing Lizzie to hire a stranger to meet Frankie posing as his father. Although the story is objectively fraught with sentimental pitfalls, Auerbach and her distinctively talented cast embody the characters with a guileless purity. Special features include a making-of featurette, eight deleted scenes, and an interview featurette with debut director Shona Auerbach. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1, with sound presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. (Movie - Three Stars, DVD features - Two Stars) Rated PG-13, 102 mins. (Walt Disney Home Video)

August 24, 2005 | Permalink