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Frankie Starlight

Frankie Starlight
Starring:
Anne Parillaud, Gabriel Byrne, Matt Dillion, Alan Pentony and Corban Walker


Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Linda  
Release date: November 22, 1995 Released by: Fine Line Features

Frankie Starlight is a heartfelt story of love, loss and salvation based on the best-selling novel titled The Dork of Cork by Massachusetts' own Chet Raymo. It is directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg (The Object of Beauty) and stars the French actress Anne Parillaud (La Femme Nikita) and Gabriel Byrne (Little Women). The central character of Frankie is portrayed by two newcomers - Alan Pentony (as the young Frankie) and Corban Walker (as the adult version). Both actors deliver exceptional performances, giving no hint of their inexperience.

The film makes a poignant commentary on the destructiveness of war on all people. In this case, the victims are those left behind-broken people who must bumble through the many years ahead.Bernadette (Parillaud) goes through the motions of life and even experiences joy and fulfillment at times. She is intense, self-contained and introspective - qualities which echo Parillaud's role in La Femme Nikita. She and Jack Kelly (Byrne) - a kindhearted customs officer can communicate whole paragraphs in a single glance. Their passion for each other is thrilling.

The story is told in the past tense as the adult Frankie, who has just released a novel based on his mother's remarkable life, reflects on his childhood. A dwarf,Frankie was lifted high above the Dublin streets as a child by Kelly's tales of the twinkling night sky. Their relationship, as well as the knowledge and inspiration Jack imparts to Frankie,endures. It is Frankie's love for Jack and the universe that uplifts him and allows him to persevere after suffering significant losses.

I was really touched by this film. It demonstrated tome that even relationships that do not endure in one form, can still bestow life-altering gifts to those involved. In other words, love is eternal, even when the lovers are star-crossed.

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