The drama Francine
observes the day-to-day experiences of the titular middle-aged woman (Melissa Leo), an ex-convict newly released from prison. During her first days on the outside, she tentatively puts her life in order, but experiences overwhelming difficulty and seems bound to fail.
This picture belongs to a tradition of movie storytelling that embraces extreme minimalist drama. As such, it joins the ranks of Barbara Loden’s Wanda (1970) and Joseph Anthony’s Tomorrow (1972); it also appears to be influenced by the more recent works of the Berlin School, such as Henner Winckler’s Lucy (2006) and Ulrich Kohler’s Windows on Mo...