Frankie and Alice is a Canadian drama film directed by Geoffrey Sax. It stars Halle Berry in the main role. Filming began in Vancouver, British Columbia, in November 2008 and ended in January 2009.
Cast include Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Oz, Matt Frewer, Phylicia Rashad as Edna Murdoch, Chandra Wilson as Maxine Murdoch, Kira Clavell as Wanda, Emily Tennant as Paige Prescott (Age 16), Andrew Francis as Cop, Joanne Baron as Nurse Susan Shaw, Vanessa Morgan as Young Frankie, Scott Lyster as Pete Prescott.
A true story about a popular black go-go dancer/stripper in the ’70s who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. While Frankie is a black woman, she has two alters that live within her psyche: Genius, a seven-year-old child, and Alice, a Southern white racist woman, with whom Frankie struggles the most to overcome.
Her disorder occurred as a result of a traumatic accident in which she lost the man she loved in a car accident and soon after the child they had conceived. With the help of her psychiatrist she receives the help she needs and becomes a high school teacher who later goes on to marry a psychiatrist.
Following a screening at the Cannes Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter described the film as “a well-wrought psychological drama that delves into the dark side of one woman’s psyche“. The review also said Halle Berry was “spellbinding” as Frankie, with “rock-solid” supporting performances.