Jake Schreier’s touching Robot & Frank
follows an elderly cat burglar (the great Frank Langella) who lives in
isolation. Frank struggles with kleptomania and bouts of dementia, much
to the chagrin of his son (James Marsden), who purchases an ASIMO-like
robot to cook, clean and care for him. Plagued by boredom and the
yuppies who seek to digitize and close his local library—and thus sever
his relationship with librarian Susan Sarandon—Frank plots a series of
heists and finds a companion and capable partner in his robot friend.
It’s a buddy film in which the buddy is a computer, yet somehow it all
registers on a deeply human level.