First-rate performances dominate this intimate portrait of a troubled star. "Frances" (1982) is the harrowing story of Frances Farmer, an actress who shot to stardom in Hollywood, only to later find herself blacklisted and institutionalized. Jessica Langeshines as the brilliant but mercurial actress who is shunned by Hollywood after leaving for Broadway. As her career spirals downward, so does her mental health, and she suffers a nervous breakdown in which she spends years in an institution. Kim Stanleyco-stars as Frances' domineering mother in this powerful biopic.