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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

Director Bio


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".


Public Film Contact

Katie Stern
Washington Square Films


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