April 19, 2015 9:50am


United Kingdom/Ireland

Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Runtime: 95 minutes
Language: English
Rating: 14A

Dublin Film Critics Circle Award: Best Irish Film

CinEuphoria Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender)

British Independent Film Awards: Best Screenplay, Best Technical Achievement (music).

“Frank works as satire, as memoir, as comedy ‘bromance,’ but it works mostly because it is just so weird: a fable about van a man who never removes a fake head.”–Peter Brayshaw, The Guardian, United Kingdom

“Bat-dung crazy, in a good way, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank is the story of a pop star who really lets his art go to his head.”—Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Frank is a punchy, eccentric fable about the dividing line between having talent and not having it. The story centers on the struggling Jon (Domnhall Gleeson), a keyboard player and wannabe songwriter from a drab coastal town in northwest England.

Jon’s fortunes change when the Soronprfbs, an avant-garde band with an unpronounceable name, comes to town. After their keyboardist tries to drown himself, Jon leaps at the chance to grab his spot. However he quickly realizes that the band is made up of the weirdest collection of oddballs.

Among them are the band’s manager, Don (Scoot McNairy), a manic basket-case, Clara, (Maggie Gyllenhaal) an eternally-hostile theremin player, and the frontman, Frank, (Michael Fassbender) who never emerges from beneath a giant papier-mâché head.

Based loosely on the life of Frank Sidebottom, a British cult character who always wore a fiberglass head atop his own, Frank begins as a whimsical fairy tale, then turns into a harrowing but redemptive outsider adventure. With the soulful Gleeson and a sweetly menacing Fassbender at its center, the movie never loses its acerbic edge or its oversize heart. Frank is a quirky musical treat.