This week on the Film at Lincoln Center Podcast, we’re featuring a special conversation with the cast and crew of French Exit, the closing night selection at the 58th New York Film Festival. Director Azazel Jacobs, writer Patrick deWitt, and actors Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges joined NYFF Director of Programming Dennis Lim to discuss the making of the film.
Michelle Pfeiffer is entirely bewitching as Frances Price, an imperious, widowed New York socialite whose once-extreme wealth has dwindled down to a nub. Facing insolvency, she makes the decision to escape the city by cruise ship and relocate to her friend’s empty Paris apartment with her son, Malcolm (played by Lucas Hedges), and their cat, Small Frank (voiced by Tracy Letts). An adaptation of the best-selling novel by Patrick deWitt, French Exit is a rare American film of genuine eccentricity.