Travel back in time to the 1970s in Amazon Prime’s latest comedy-drama film ‘Uncle Frank’. This film follows a young woman, Beth Bledoe, portrayed by the brilliant young talent Sophia Lillis, who goes to visit her Uncle Frank, portrayed by the incredible Paul Bettany, in New York. Touching on important topics such as self-acceptance, love and family, the film is just as relevant today as the period it was set in.
The trailer starts off with young Beth meeting her estranged Uncle Frank, who has come from New York to down south for her Daddy Mac’s (grandfather’s) birthday. She watches her uncle being bullied and ostracized by the rest of her conservative family and she does not understand why he is being treated in such a way. After spending time with him and listening to his advice, she realises that he is the kind of person she wants to be and decides to visit him in his apartment in New York, albeit unannounced.
Once there, she discovers that her uncle is gay and has been living with his partner Wally, portrayed by Peter Macdissi, for 10 years now. Beth is stunned when she finds out but she is even more surprised when she finds out that her choir director, Mr. Gerson, is also gay. Their time in the city is cut short, when Beth’s grandmother, Mammaw Bledsoe calls with some bad news – Daddy Mac’s dead.
Wally wants to go with Beth and Frank to their family home to support them both during this difficult time, but Frank is adamant that he does not come as he doesn’t want his conservative family to say anything demeaning to Wally. Wally finds a way to come eventually and the rest of the trailer shows a montage of Frank meeting with his family, presenting a eulogy at his father’s wake and talking with the rest of the clan while also showing flashbacks of him when he was younger and discovering himself.
The film comes from one of the greatest script-writing talents on the planet, Alan Ball, and the film is said to be loosely based on his time growing up, back when he was in Georgia. He has written the script for the film as well as directing the feature. The film also stars Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, Margo Martindale, Stephen Root, Lois Smith, Jane McNeil, Caity Brewer and Michael Perez.
Uncle Frank is set to launch worldwide online on Amazon Prime Video on November 26th 2020.
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