3.5

Robot & Frank

Comedy Drama Sci-Fi


 

Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift: a robot butler programmed to look after him.

Both odd and intriguing, "Robot & Frank" is an intelligent, heartfelt meditation on aging and family. The familiar story may border on over-sentimentality at times, but an assured direction keeps it restrained, and the result is a quietly hilarious, quirky little film. Smart and sweet, its magnetism is driven by a brilliantly understated performance from the lead, whose on-screen chemistry with his robot companion provides much of the gentle humour and profound moments. There's nothing at all robotic about this one.

Andrew O'Dea

MIFF 2012
89 mins