Frankie and Alice: movie review
Halle Berry gives a gutsy performance as Frankie Murdoch in 'Frankie and Alice,' the story of a stripper with multiple personality disorder.
Halle Berry gave a full-bore performance in her Oscar-winning â€śMonsterâ€™s Ballâ€ť and hasnâ€™t attempted anything similar until her latest film, the fact-based â€śFrankie and Alice,â€ť where she plays Frankie Murdoch, a 1970s stripper with multiple personality disorder.
These kinds of roles are often award-winning tours de force for actresses â€“ as in Joanne Woodwardâ€™s â€śThree Faces of Eveâ€ť or Sally Fieldsâ€™s â€śSybilâ€ť â€“ but they risk running amok. Berry is a gifted actress but the personality shifts in â€śFrankie and Alice,â€ť especially between a scared girl nicknamed Genius and a white racist lady named Alice, have a stuntlike quality.
Itâ€™s not just Frankie who is putting on a show here. Berry is also overemphatically showing off her chops. As the doctor who uses hypnotism to make some sense out of Frankieâ€™s disorder, Stellan Skarsgard is as low-key as Berry is high-pitched. Grade: C+ (Rated R for some sexual content, language and drug use.)
More Monitor movie reviews: