Review: Francine

(Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky, 2012)

Melissa Leo stars as Francine in Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky’s up-close study of the tribulations of regaining one’s freedom. Leo is an actress who has the effortless ability to successfully straddle mainstream features, independent projects and even high profile television (the HBO drama Treme). Whether she’s winning Academy Awards for The Fighter or gracing modestly budgeted films such as Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River with her spiky presence, Leo brings a searing and thoughtfully mapped out pathos to any given role. (Continue reading here)

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