CUFF 2014 PREVIEW: FRANK

Young and perpetually awkward, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) is stuck in the proverbial rut of life. He wants to be a musician but never seems to be able to quite catch the elusive break for which all artists are constantly searching and desperately yearning. That is, until a chance encounter with the eccentric band Soronprfbs gets Jon the shot he always wanted – or so he thinks.

With a cast of bizarre characters led by the mysterious Frank (Michael Fassbender), who always wears a giant papier-mâché head to cover up his actual face, Jon experiences all of the trials and tribulations that come to the surface whenever a group of artists have to actually work together.

Frank and company labour for months and months far away in their summer home in an attempt to make the perfect record. They struggle and toil with each other, often coming to blows when the pressure is too much to handle.

The stress is understandable, mind you, when Frank insists that they make “the perfect record.”

Jon is constantly trying to fit in with the eccentric group to oftentimes rather poor results. In-between tweeting updates on their progress and gaining what he views as a large number of YouTube followers, Jon is hilariously put down on a constant basis by his new “friends.”

As Jon slowly but surely begins to grow his confidence in both himself and his music, the sad and honest layers behind who Frank truly is start to become more and more clear.

Frank is weird and bizarre but is also a hilarious look into a group of musicians who just want to make music for the world to hear.

Frank will be screening at CUFF on April 7 at 7 p.m.

By Philip Clarke

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