Robot & Frank
Director: Jake Schreier
Screenwriters: Christopher Ford
Set sometime in the future, Robot & Frank is a delightful dramatic comedy, a buddy picture, and, for good measure, a heist film. Curmudgeonly old Frank lives by himself. His routine involves daily visits to his local library, where he has a twinkle in his eye for the librarian. His grown children are concerned about their fatherâ€™s well-being and buy him a caretaker robot. Initially resistant to the idea, Frank soon appreciates the benefits of robotic supportâ€”like nutritious meals and a clean houseâ€”and eventually begins to treat his robot like a true companion. With his robotâ€™s assistance, Frankâ€™s passion for his old, unlawful profession is reignited, for better or worse.
Frank Langella makes actingâ€”and acting with a robot, no lessâ€”look effortless, and his relationship with the machine is filled with poignant exchanges and amusing adventures. First-time director Jake Schreier creates a lush world with futuristic flourishes and tells a beautiful story about family and the implications of humankindâ€™s ever-changing relationship with technology.
- U.S. Narrative Feature Films
- 2012, Sundance Film Festival
- U.S.A., 90 min.
- Alfred P. Sloan Prize