Running Time: 91 Minutes.
Frankie Starlight is a film about love, life, laughter
and the occasional miracle.
Set in post-World War II Ireland, this is the story
of Frankie and his mother Bernadette (Anne Parillaud)
who, as an 18-year old girl, left France smuggled aboard
an American troop ship in return for sexual favours.
Put ashore in Ireland, the penniless Bernadette gives
birth to a son, Frankie. Through the kindness of customs
officer Jack Kelly (Gabriel Byrne), Bernadette is able
to raise Frankie in Dublin. Jack teaches Frankie about
the stars, sparking in him a lifelong mystical obsession
with the cosmos. As an adult, Frankie weaves his love
for and knowledge of astronomy into a novel based on
his recollections of his mother's relationships with
Kelly and an ex-GI (Matt Dillon). After his book is published
and he moves from isolation to potential celebrity, we
discover how his mother's colourful exploits shaped Frankie's
Frankie Starlight is based on Chet Raymo's best-selling
novel entitled "The Dork of Cork." Raymo is
a lecturer in astronomy at Stonehill College in Massachusetts,
but has spent every summer for the last 16 years in the
village of Ventry, County Kerry. It is the combination
of his knowledge of the stars and time spent in Ireland
that inspired him to write this magical tale of love
and the stars.
Chet Raymo and Ronan O' Leary.
Bernadette DuBois: Anne Parillaud
Terry Klout: Matt Dillon
Jack Kelly: Gabriel Byrne
Frankie Starlight: Corban Walker
Handy Paige: Niall Toibin