Michael Shannon stars in 10 (!) films this year, but only one is what we’ve all been waiting for from the actor: an erotic thriller. Matthew Ross‘ Frank & Lola, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, follows his character’s relationship with a fashion designer (Imogen Poots). As one can see in the first trailer, which debuted today ahead of a December release, their sexual games turn dark as more of the past is unveiled.
We said in our review, “Frank & Lola, a noirish erotic thriller from journalist-turned-director Matthew M. Ross, finds leads Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots in top form. They excel as lovers in this tightly-wound psychosexual love story that has elements of the best of Eyes Wide Shut. Frank (Shannon) is a high-flying chef working in top-end restaurants in Las Vegas. At the bar of his establishment he meets Poots’ Lola as she glides into his bar, and director Ross sets the scene by opening the film on the ensuing sex, a moody awkward sequence that heightens a sense of menace behind these beautiful starlets.”
Check out the trailer below.
Set in Las Vegas and Paris, two of the world’s most glamorous cities, FRANK & LOLA is a psychosexual noir romance about love and sex, obsession and betrayal, revenge and redemption. Matthew Ross’s debut feature stars Michael Shannon as Frank, an up-and-coming chef, and Imogen Poots as Lola, an aspiring fashion designer, who find one another at a point when each is at a defining moment in life. Their affair is sudden, passionate, and seemingly everything Frank has always wanted. But, his happiness proves short-lived when a man from Lola’s past, a past that is full of secrets, turns up on the scene, forcing Frank to question whether he can trust Lola—or himself.
Frank and Lola opens in theaters and VOD on December 9.