Academy-Award-winner Melissa Leo gives a fierce and restrained performance as Francine, a woman struggling to find her place in a downtrodden lakeside town after leaving behind a life in prison. Taking a series of jobs working with animals, Francine turns away those who take an interest in her and instead seeks intimacy in the most unlikely of places. Gritty, elliptical, and voyeuristic, Francine is a portrait of a near-silent misfit and her fragile first steps in an unfamiliar world.
Director(s): Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky
Producer(s): Joshua Blum, Katie Stern
Screenwriter(s): Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky
Cinematographer: Brian M. Cassidy
Editor(s): Brian M. Cassidy, Benjamin Gray, Melanie Shatzky
Principal Cast: Melissa Leo, Keith Leonard, Victoria Charkut
Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky have shown their work at the Sundance, SXSW, Rotterdam, Toronto, and Edinburgh Film Festivals, and have won awards at the European Media Art Festival and The Chicago and Athens International Film Festivals. Filmmaker Magazine named them one of "25 New Faces of Independent Film".
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