Bruce Fretts
December 15, 1995 AT 05:00 AM EST

Frankie Starlight

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Gabriel Byrne, Corban Walker, Matt Dillon, Anne Parillaud, Alan Pentony
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Frankie Starlight (R) A down-to-earth gem. An Irish immigration officer (Gabriel Byrne) and his family take in a French stowaway (Anne Parillaud) during World War II. Her dwarf son (Alan Pentony) grows up to be an astrology-loving novelist (Corban Walker), who recounts his family’s story in a series of flashbacks. After a while, Matt Dillon cruises in as an American motorcyclist who romances Parillaud. Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg gives the film a warmly burnished look, and he coaxes remarkable performances from Pentony and Walker. A-

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