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Trailer Watch: A Miserable Melissa Leo & Her Cats in 'Francine'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 7, 2012 at 3:01PM

Melissa Leo stars as a woman fresh out of prison who settles down in small-town North America in "Francine," from writer-directors Briam M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky. The film, nearly silent, focuses on Leo's character as she tries to regain a foothold in society through a series of temp jobs and elusive connections with others.
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Melissa Leo in "Francine"
Melissa Leo in "Francine"

Melissa Leo stars as a woman fresh out of prison who settles down in small-town North America in "Francine," from writer-directors Briam M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky. The film, nearly silent, focuses on Leo's character as she tries to regain a foothold in society through a series of temp jobs and elusive connections with others. As the new trailer suggests, her loneliness leads her to animals -- "a development that leads her in a tragically wrong direction."

Leo looks suitably miserable in what will likely prove another fierce performance by the Oscar winning ("The Fighter") and nominated ("Frozen River") actress. Here's our exclusive first look at the "Francine" poster.

The film plays for one week at MoMA in NYC starting September 12, with a national rollout to follow.

This article is related to: Melissa Leo, Trailers, Francine


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.