Michael Nyqvist

Twists and turns undermine psychosexual drama 'Frank & Lola'

Twists and turns undermine psychosexual drama 'Frank & Lola'

The lovers in “Frank & Lola” are played by Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots, two exceptionally charismatic, unconventional actors who know how to seduce an audience. In the scene that opens the film, Lola and Frank have seduced each other. They’re in bed together for the first time — a moment whose charged mix of abandon, vulnerability and self-protective veneer is rarely seen in movies.

Over the following hour-plus of increasingly lurid psychosexual drama, nothing comes close to the revelatory intimacy of that brief sequence, though writer-director Matthew Ross (not to be confused with actor Matt Ross, who directed “Captain Fantastic”)...

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