Francine
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Ex-con Francine has difficulty adjusting to life in a small lakeside town until she begins working with animals, though she finds herself growing increasingly isolated from the community and embracing forms of anti-social behavior.... (Full plot summary below)

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Ex-con Francine has difficulty adjusting to life in a small lakeside town until she begins working with animals, though she finds herself growing increasingly isolated from the community and embracing forms of anti-social behavior.

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AV Club - 9/10 by Tasha Robinson 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.
Chicago Reader - 9/10 by Ben Sachs Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky, documentary makers trying their hand at drama, inspire a certain voyeuristic fascination toward the character but rarely sympathy.
Chicago Sun-Times - 9/10 by Roger Ebert 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.
Variety - 8/10 by Justin Chang A glum but tenderly observed micro-portrait of a woman struggling to re-enter society after being released from prison.
New York Times - 8/10 by Stephen Holden With no back story, scant dialogue and few narrative and psychological clues, "Francine" is an unsparing study of profound isolation.
Seattle Times - 8/10 by Moira MacDonald While it's audacious on the part of the filmmakers (and of Leo) to keep Francine at arm's length from us, it makes the film a frustrating experience.
Shockya.com - 8/10 by Brent Simon Caught up in its own self-satisfied metaphor, its blank canvas and broadly sketched melancholic tones an empty vessel for those who would automatically turn the personal into the political.
Time Out New York - 8/10 by Keith Uhlich 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.
ReelTalk Movie Reviews - 7/10 by Donald J. Levit Petered out the perhaps promise of a psychological study or horror flick, halfway through 'Francine' nothing is left.
Indiewire - 7/10 by Eric Kohn While Francine distinguishes itself with atmospheric strangeness, Cassidy and Shatzky never create a satisfying whole.
The Hollywood Reporter - 7/10 by David Rooney A minimalist, image-based character study that is almost impossibly fragile and yet emotionally robust, Francine is a legitimate discovery.
NPR - 6/10 by Ian Buckwalter A little aimlessness never makes the film seem overlong ... not at a brief 74 minutes, and the immersive, quiet desperation of Leo's performance more than compensates, as does the directors' keen eye for detail.

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