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ROBOT AND FRANK

USA, 2011 (MIFF 2012, International Panorama)

Director: Jake Schreier

ROBOT AND FRANK

“The kind of comedy that could well inspire love.” - Variety

First-time filmmaker Jake Schreier comes up with a bona fide crowd pleaser in this heartwarming parable on technology and how it's only as good as the humans controlling it.

Set sometime in the near future, Frank Langella plays an ex-cat burglar suffering the onset of Alzheimer's and the loss of independence. At the insistence of his children (James Marsden and Liv Tyler), he begrudgingly enlists home help in the form of a white robot who speaks with soothing intonations (Peter Sarsgaard). Once a bond develops between man and machine, Frank jumps on an opportunity to resume his former unlawful ways.

Winner of the Alfred P Sloan Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

"Robot and Frank reminds quirk-hardened veterans that an odd premise and big heart don't have to add up to too-precious awards bait." - Hollywood Reporter

Rated M

D Jake Schreier P Galt Niederhoffer, Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord S Christopher D. Ford Dist Sony Pictures TD DCP/2011

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