Frances Ferguson is in jail, and she has a visitor: her mother, who's wearing red lipstick and a leopard-print scarf on her head. How could Frances get involved with one of her pupils? Her mother wants to know. Frances doesn't see the point in responding, nor does she think the whole episode is as serious as her mother does. Her home life, child included, bores her to such a degree that being in jail doesn't make a difference to her. She prefers to bite into the chocolate muffin her mother brought and pretend to be suffering from an allergic shock. This sarcasm is her companion in her search for an answer to what path her life will take from here on out.
Meet the director
Born in Nebraska in the central United States, Bob Byington studied American literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He now lives and works as a director, scriptwriter, and actor in Austin, Texas. Byington is best known for HARMONY AND ME (2009) and SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME (2012), the latter of which received the jury's Special Award in Locarno. Most recently, Byington directed the science-fiction comedy INFINITY BABY (2017) and FRANCES FERGUSON (2019).