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Movie Review – Frances Ha

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Frances and Sophie have a very intense relationship, which Frances describes as like a lesbian couple that don’t have sex. They’re ‘the same person with different hair’ according to Frances, but when life and love intervene, Sophie decides to move out and starts spending more time with her boyfriend Patch. Frances suddenly finds herself without her other half, as well as losing her room mate and apartment. This is the story of a young woman struggling to find her identity and role in life, a dancer who is good, but probably just not good enough to make it, she’s reaching the point where it is becoming all too obvious that she has to move on with her career and life and give up on her dream.

Written by lead actress Greta Gerwig along with director Noah Baumbach, this is a tale of beautiful people in New York. We meet writers and sculptors and see into their perfect apartments with exposed brick walls and off beat reclaimed furniture. For large parts of the movie, it is basically just beautiful people saying cool things to each other, and to be honest, I’m happy with that, even if that makes me shallow! It’s a character study of a young woman who is at difficult stage in life, where decisions have to be made, and growing up must be done.

Any black and white movie filmed in New York will have to bear the comparisons to Manhattan, and in truth there is a lot of Woody Allen in this movie, in the type of characters we meet and lives they lead, but this is a much more modern view of life and updated to our times. It is largely about the performances, and Grete Gerwig is charming as Frances, a dreamer and impossibly awkward young woman. Mickey Summers (a daughter of Sting, no less!) plays the role of the Sophie, Frances’ best friend, and creates a warm and well rounded character. This film will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Go enjoy!

Note:

Director:

Noah Baumbach

Writers:

Noah Baumbach (screenplay), Greta Gerwig (screenplay)

Stars:

Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver

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Categories: Movie Review, Movies

3 replies »

  1. Thanks for the review.

    I saw this film back on April 14. It was chosen as the closing night film for the Sarasota Film Festival, and it played to a packed house at the Sarasota Opera House.

    My review:
    http://jmmnewaov2.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/frances-ha-2013-sarasota-film-festival-the-closing-night-film/

    I think the film was both enjoyable, and entertaining, and yet mildly disappointing. Gerwig was great, and I think she performed better as an actor than she did as co-screenwriter. I think surely Baumbach (and Gerwig) were influenced by the Maestro, Woody Allen, and the film seemed eager to want to be compared with the Allen opus as a reference point and at the same time, the film seemed to want to distance it self.

    Thanks for good review, and I’m happy to see that the film made it across the pond.

    jmm

  2. I can see what you mean about the film being disappointing, as it’s very slight in terms of plot, it’s basically just a character piece, and a pretty self indulgent on at that. I could see a lot of people hating it, but I’ve been a fan of Gerwig for a while now, so I have to say I really enjoyed it! A gem of an indie movie in my mind.

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