Frankie & Alice

Halle Berry tries, but is never truly engaging

Frankie is a black ’70s go-go dancer who suffers from multiple personality disorder, sharing her body with a precocious seven-year-old nicknamed “Genius” and, get this, a vicious southern racist called Alice.

Stellan Skarsgård is the psychologist who diagnoses and documents her disorder. Halle Berry, trying perhaps a bit too hard for a second Oscar, does what she can with the bland material (based on a true story, etc.) but never really disappears into the role(s).

As a whole, the movie is mildly interesting, frequently lurid, a tad cartoonish and never truly engaging. (101 min)