by Coco Delgado
Lauren Ambrose gets a meaty role worthy of the type of work seen on HBO’s Six Feet Under.
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Frankie Wheeler wears an amber pendant which she never takes off. And like the bits of prehistoric debris trapped within her jewelry, Frankie, too, feels like she’ll never escape. For her, the resort town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is the tree sap that’s keeping her from being who she wants to be. Or is it? For while she plays the dutiful daughter and sister, running her retired parents’ beachside burger joint with her brother Neil, she has a very strong sense of who she is.
Frankie (Lauren Ambrose - Six Feet Under) is the person we all think we are: not as attractive, or amusing, or sexy, or self-possessed as everyone else in the world, just an ordinary person trying to find a place in the world. Her friend since forever, Nicola, owns her own piercing shop and sees being the center of attention as her due, and Frankie seems happy enough being her satellite. But when the beautiful Josee shows up and gets Neil to hire her to work in the restaurant, the fact that she notices and befriends Frankie causes instant conflict. Then there’s Heath, an itinerant T-shirt selling Texan who also notices Frankie. And Frankie, a loner who hates being alone, needs to decide who she really wants to keep in her life.
Coco Delgado is a writer who always sits in the front row. For fun she moves to different cities, which have included Montreal, San Francisco and Atlanta. This year it’s Boston..so she watches film in L.A. and looks for latte.
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