FRANCOPHRENIA (OR: DON’T KILL ME, I KNOW WHERE THE BABY IS)

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(James Franco, Ian Olds, USA). 70 min­utes. Rat­ing: James Franco’s Francophrenia is guar­an­teed to in­fu­ri­ate any­one who wants to take it for more than what it is: the wise­crack­ing, self-in­dul­gent video ex­per­i­men­ta­tions of a celebrity who at­tends grad school and stud­ies the noth­ing­ness of noth­ing.

While on the set of a Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal episode that never aired (Franco’s in­volve­ment seems like a prank), the ac­tor wears all his hats: phi­los­o­phy stu­dent, celebrity, character (also named Franco) and di­rec­tor (a role that also be­comes a character within the film).

It’s a disin­gen­u­ous at­tempt to pile on layer after layer of mul­ti­ple, con­fused, col­lid­ing vari­a­tions of the same per­son . Franco (the man him­self) is clearly hav­ing fun with them – all at his own ex­pense. There’s no rea­son why you shouldn’t, too. May 1, 11: 30 pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cin­ema; May 2, 10 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 2; May 5, 9: 45 pm, Royal Cin­ema.

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