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Plot: Frances lives in New York, but she doesn't really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she's not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren't really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible… Runtime: 86 min Release Date: 30 Sep 2012
A comer in every sense of the word! (by lastyearatmarienbad2002)
Hey I can't disagree more with the previous poster Mark Rogle . Woody Allen's Manhattan is a classic, but that was another time and another world.FRANCES HA was SPOT-ON regarding actual life, work, and social issues that apply to the current age. The comedic timing is flawless, as is Gerwig's deadpan expression. While shot in Black & White, it added to the range of locales - making it believable. The same can be said for the characters including Gerwig's actual parents . Another New York "slice of life" story, but truly believable and entertaining!What the <more>
movie wasn't, was overly cerebral and full of fantasy situations like "Girls" . Also, Hannah in "Girls" is always dressed like a deranged person, playing up a strangely shaped body that distracted from the prose of her productions. Gerwig's character had no such wardrobe overkill - it complemented the actress and the scenes perfectly.As an actress, Greta Gerwig is funny and poignant, straddling the line between ordinary-looking and classically beautiful. Everything is expressed in her eyes. She's a magnificent writer as well. Highly recommended - by me!
A fun examination of the human condition via a slice of Frances' life. (by stancube)
Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig lead us on an expansive journey that takes place in the confines of several years in the life of a single character - Frances. They co-wrote the film and Gerwig is sublimely engaging as Frances, a woman who prefers to focus on the moments along life's path rather than any sort of destination to the path itself.Baumbach takes those incredibly realistic and often uncomfortable moments, shapes them into black-and-white vignettes that are both immediate and personal, and then precisely combines those vignettes into this delicate and funny film. It's rounded <more>
off by an unbelievably talented supporting cast who make "Frances Ha" an all-around joy to watch.
An engaging story of when two college friends begin to grow in different directions. (by bobdqo)
I loved this movie. It was touching movie dealing with trying to become a more responsible adult without losing your sense of who you are. It also deals well with the importance of meaningful relationships in our lives. What Woody Allen did in his homage to Manhattan in the 20th century, Noah Baumbach does for Brooklyn in the 21st Century. Like Manhattan did trying to capture the spirit of New York City in the 1970s, Frances Ha captures the angst of this period focusing on singles living in Brooklyn. The engaging character of Frances also draws comparisons to Annie Hall. There are some <more>
elements in the film that brought back memories of the film Stranger than Paradise by Jim Jarmusch but this film comes across as funnier and more engaging.
Is it fair to call Frances Ha a product of the mumblecore movement in cinema or is it all too, well, professional? Noah Baumbach's examination of culture, early adulthood, and obsessive friendships not only makes for a good, topical debate but a very worthy motion picture, as Frances Ha is one of the strongest films this year. Heavy on dialog, characterization, and the strong, stable topics to examine, this is a thoughtful mediation on what it means to grow up, stay true to your friends, and be self-reliant.The film stars the zealous Greta Gerwig whose work in Hannah Takes the Stairs I <more>
still regard as terrific as the title character, a plucky dancer at the age of twenty-seven, living with her best friend Sophie Mickey Summer and her best guy-friend Benji Michael Zegen . Frances and her friend Sophie are like "straight lesbians," so Benji says, as they do everything together, and both of them would seemingly be lost without each other. The thought is put to the test when Sophie decides to move out of the cramped studio apartment in favor of moving in with another friend, leaving Frances sort of lost and unfulfilled with her current position in life.This is basic framework for a story that begins to follow the path of a series of vignettes, focusing on the ups and downs in life, along with those awkward stretches no one really likes to talk about. Baumbach brilliantly captures this through a black and white lens, and allows his actors the freedom to get immersed in their characters with little restrictions in place.Frances Ha does a lot in eighty-six minutes, like notably humanizing the "hipster" culture of the last few years, detail loneliness and friendships, impending adulthood, and dependence all the more. The humanization of "hipster" culture comes into play because we notice that these characters are not of the "typical" breed, whatever we define as typical. They are about as free and unrestrained as the wind that catches their hair, especially Frances herself, who is arguably one of the most fun characters I've had the pleasure of watching this year. There's something about the way she engages in quick-witted conversation, runs happily through the streets of Chinatown at random, and is constantly proclaiming she is "undateable.' Gerwig magically transforms a character bound for a caricature state of mind into a strong woman that may not be looked at as a role model for girls but certainly a realistic portrayal of many.I imagine the loneliness that the loneliness and slight-depression Frances feels when Sophie leaves her is one many post-college girls will feel when their best girlfriend moves on to bigger and better things and she remains somewhat inert and stuck in her current life position. Baumbach details growing up in Frances Ha not as a choice but as an obligation, which it rightfully is in many regards, but the way he doesn't isn't condescending or superficial, but rather hopeful and endearing.NOTE: My video review of Frances Ha, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v yc6LbMzbGww Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Summer, and Michael Zegen. Directed by: Noah Baumbach.
Though Frances may be undateable, the film is unmissable (by howard.schumann)
Being called "undateable" is sort of like a team player being labeled "uncoachable," not a strong recommendation. This label tags maturity-challenged Frances Greta Gerwig in Noah Baumbach's warm-hearted comedy Frances Ha, a film that has genuine affection for its characters. Co-written by Baumbach and Gerwig and supported by an eclectic soundtrack that includes music by French film composer Georges Delerue and the songs of David Bowie, Frances Ha the title is explained in the film's final shot is a film in which people talk and act like real human beings, not <more>
cardboard caricatures manipulated by a self-conscious script that "strives for reality." Though the film is full of light-hearted energy, it does not strain to be quirky or "in your face." It is clever because that's the way it is.Shot in black and white by cinematographer Sam Levy, 27-year-old Frances lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her girl friend Sophie Mickey Sumner . She wants to be a dancer, and apprentices for a small dance company, but seems to lack the determination to really develop her talent. Though the exact nature of their relationship is not spelled out what you see is what you get , they are at the very least good buddies who are tight. Frances says her relationship with Sophie is "like a lesbian couple that doesn't have sex anymore," but Sophie is not quite as attached and tells Frances that she has decided to move in with her upscale boyfriend Patch Patrick Heusinger .Refreshingly however, the story is not about relationships being the necessary ingredient of a woman's self-esteem, but simply one component of an internal growth process. Frances goes out with Lev Adam Driver , another under-achieving New Yorker, but her economic needs trump her physical ones and she moves in with Lev and his roommate Benji Michael Zegen on a strictly platonic basis to save on the rent, although Benji develops a real connection with her which Frances is blind to . She stumbles through relationships, not making a terrific impression. One woman tells her in talking about her friend, "You look a lot older, but you seem far less mature." Frances does not have the kind of job prospects that she alludes to with her friends and her overall veracity is questionable, but she makes up for it with tons of charm. She actually makes some stabs at shaking things up, going home to Sacramento to visit her parents Gordon and Christine Gerwig, her real parents , impulsively flying to Paris for a weekend to prove to a friend that she can, and, upon returning after a joyless weekend, taking a job as a "drink pourer" at Vassar where she had gone to school. Unfortunately, the more things change, the more they stay the same.Although Frances Ha is about young New Yorkers living on the margins, it is not and does not aspire to be a commentary on the current economic situation or the plight of young people. The film is about talented folks who have not quite gotten it together and whose level of responsibility lags somewhere below the norm. The characters have their flaws and are not always self aware, but Baumbach recognizes that the process of growth does not happen suddenly and refuses to judge his characters, or make snide commentaries about New Yorkers.Frances Ha does not rely on formula or relationship clichés to make its points, but only on the performances to bring the characters to life. Baumbach and Gerwig take us on a wild ride without any clear signposts, yet the trip is poignant and even beautiful and we can joyously sense the light around the next turn. Unlike the angry, unpleasant Roger in Baumbach's previous film Greenberg, the more you hang around Frances Greta Gerwig , the more you grow to like her insanely. Though Frances may be undateable, the film is unmissable.
Shorn of the irrelevant, this is beautiful, touching, real (by secondtake)
Frances Ha 2012 I liked this film in a kind of interested, warm way as it got going. Its black and white simplicity and its regular people both appeal on the most normal level. The more I watched, however, and the more I absorbed the brilliance of the performance by leading actress playing Frances Greta Gerwig , I became entranced and stunned. This is a great film. A great independent film, without production pretensions, but held together perfectly within its means.This is worth making clear—the film makes a virtue of its simple approach. You'll never feel like it's technically <more>
compromised. The photography is a subtle, smart black and white. There's even one scene near the end where two people are talking in bed and they chose to use the very minimum of light, so you just barely see their faces. For a long deep conversation. Gorgeous, and effective.It's Gerwig who steals the movie, for sure. And she helped write the really sparkling, believable, clever but never too-clever script. It's brilliant stuff. Brilliant. She hits a note of fast transparency, a totally "right" dialog and delivery. Way harder than it seems.And the character she plays, Frances, is one of those lovable types where things don't go quite right even with all the best intentions. Most of us identify with that all too well. We have our better selves and we have the reality of where those good intentions have gotten us. And yet she perseveres. She puts up with strange but not unfriendly people around her in one apartment after another, and we get a glimpse of young New Yorkers with all their minor pretensions. Searing and funny and touching.Don't be put off by the weird title the one mistake in making the film or by the beginning and its slow, restrained monochrome. The film makes the most of it all and is terrific.
Frances Ha- A Disarmingly Sweet and Perceptively Witty Reflection on Mid-Twenties Malaise from Auteur Noah Baumbach (by generationfilm)
Auteur filmmaker Noah Baumbach has specialized throughout his career in humorlessly reflecting on the various purgatories in our lives, or rather those lost years of stasis where the unknowns of life's supposed plans hit the unknowns within ourselves head on. His study of post-collegiate malaise in Kicking and Screaming was the genesis of his uniquely quirky vision—a blend of Whit Stillman's observationally verbose wit and Woody Allen's hilarious yet humanist portraits—that has carried on to other notable character studies he's penned, such as the dysfunctional family <more>
drama The Squid and the Whale and the mid-life crisis comedy Greenberg. It was clear in the most sincere moments of the film Greenberg that Baumbach had a creative chemistry with one of its stars Greta Gerwig which has resulted in a new collaborative effort between them to create Baumbach's latest poignantly comedic film entitled Frances Ha, an energetically funny yet undeniably relatable contemplation on the aloof mid-twenties condition. Utilizing crisp black & white cinematography capturing the naturalistic backdrops of New York City, Sacramento, and Paris, Frances Ha possesses an alluring charm mostly through Greta Gerwig's charismatic performance but also in the film's embodiment of French New Wave revivalism that allows substance to shine in even the most monotonous of human interactions. This short and sweet tale on the ambiguity of adult life highlights the changing nature of responsibility, friendship, and love with a surprisingly modest and heartfelt genuineness rarely experienced in film. Though it might have some minor similarities to Lena Dunham's HBO show "Girls" there is no denying that Frances Ha is distinctly Baumbach in character design, cinematic style, and written cleverness. Protagonist Frances proclaims that she "loves things that appear as mistakes" which on its face is the eloquent sentiment that summarizes the film's genuine depiction of mid-twenties paralysis in the face of responsibility. Frances Ha ranks highly in Noah Baumbach's worthwhile filmography because it is probably his most accessible, authentically charming, and least pretentious film all thanks to the screen writing aid and engaging performance from Greta Gerwig.
The best film which Woody Allen never made (by jackasstrange)
Frances Ha is a very good film. And It's almost indisputable that Frances Ha resembles Woody Allen oldest works. The satire against the so-called intellectuals, the satire of a - perhaps ridicule aspect of society, that is the obsession with organization and patronizing, and the fact that the character - the protagonist - is an allegory, each one of these aspects are present in Frances Ha. Of course, there is some originality on here. The black and white choice, the occasional 80s beat which pops out of nowhere and ends fitting perfectly the scene, the great acting by Greta Gerwig - all <more>
of these are aspects which makes Frances Ha an unique film. And the dialogs are nothing like in Woody's films - sure about that. There is some surreal dark- humor on them, and adds to the uniqueness of the film in general. Overall, very well written, acted and directed. Certainly recommended. 8.5/10
A Graceful and Satisfying Piece (by Moviefreak4653)
Noah Baumbach is sometimes a hit or miss with me. When he misses? It's not a huge miss, but it is a miss. I wasn't a fan of his previous film, and collaboration with Greta Gerwig, Greenberg, which I felt had characters that weren't developed enough and that were too forced in terms of wanting to be likable, but seeming "real" and "hurt." However, when he hits, he hits hard. There wasn't a character in Kicking and Screaming or Highball whom you didn't already know someone like, The Squid and the Whale hit way too close to home, and Margot at the Wedding <more>
wasn't a film that you easily forgot; however, his style is not for everyone. If you're not a fan of dark" don't know whether to laugh," humor, and/or unlikable characters, than you probably wouldn't like his other films; notice I wrote other films. Of all his films, Frances Ha is probably his most lighthearted I think Greta Gerwig's collaboration is to credit for that , but even still it has it's "real" world problems moments. Unlike his other films, here it actually seems to provide an encouraging, or at least, honest as opposed to his normal brutal honesty approach that material like Frances Ha deserves. Too put it simply, Frances Ha is a strong hit for Noah's career, and is a film that defines an age group and period in most everyone's lives.I almost hate to write this, but Frances Ha seems to be part of or marketed as this new trend involving young adults trying to adapt to life, but also providing some quirkiness to the situations and characters. I think this film is more relatable and while it's honesty is kind of sad in that "the truth hurts" way, because it involves reading between the lines, it's honesty is more of a tender gentleness that, like in our lives, we just have to accept. It doesn't rely on the typical hipster dialogue that so many of independent films think they need in order to stand out, but feels more like conversations that you've listened to and/or been a part of yourself. Never do the conversations feel unrealistic, and they never seem to go out for "shock value." The entire film isn't thankfully centered on sexual mishaps and social misfires, but more of an adaptation to the world around you in the growing up process.The plot progression is a lot like Frances herself, not really directed, kind of planned but mostly random, and, while it walks a fine line in some parts, it never entirely ever burns itself out on a particular location or supporting characters. Granted, toward the last act this technique becomes a little too forced and hard for the audience to believe, but the material is still right and seems to have justification for where it takes the story. I do, however, wonder if the spontaneous use of alternating locations is done for comedic purposes or to build dramatic tension? While it does further progress Frances' sadness with adapting to her life and where it's going, many times certain scenes, while overall good scenes, feel a little bit like missed opportunities to expand the characters more, or at least, not strictly confide them to awkward conversation.It's impossible not to love, or at least admire, Greta Gerwig's portrayal of Frances; I think it's driven enough to where she never really gets on your nerves, if she does, it's often understandable. She does give Frances a bit of a naive sense, but never to a point to where you think she's being childish. You don't entirely question her decisions, and you always empathize with her, if only because we've all been in her shoes. Frances could have easily been this wannabe hipster or desperately forced "free spirit," but she's really not. Sure, she has her moments, but at that age, trying to maybe cling to whatever shred of youth you have left? Why not? Most admirable, however, is Gerwig's quiet restraint that Frances has. Frances could have been this obnoxious, erratic free spirit, but in the real world, most people don't say how they feel, and Gerwig captures that perfectly. Her half widen smiles, the look of hesitation in her eyes, and the forced laughter all the more hits close to home with the viewers.The element that really won me over with the film is its honesty. I think, whether we want to admit it or not, it defines a certain age group, and it maybe the majority of the world. What happens when you're suddenly having to grow up? Where do you go from when you realize that your dreams most likely will never come true? What happens when being alone seems all to plausible? You settle. It captures this perfectly because it never makes it seem like it's a bad thing, but obviously, not entirely showing it's a good thing. It is what it is - you do what you have to do. The film is optimistic about that, and furthermore perfectly exemplifies this with the final shot of the film, guaranteed to put a smile on the face of anyone watching, and definitely guaranteed to trigger a "Oh so that's why it's called ," moment.Overall, Frances Ha is certainly a highlight in not only both Baumbach's and Gerwig's career, but also a strong highlight for this year. I imagine the film will be boring for some, and tiresome for others, for, like I said, it really is in one's best interest to read between the lines to better understand and take in the film. Noah Baumbach claims to be reinventing himself with this film, while I'm not really sure what he means by that the film closely resembles the likes of his early work, in my opinion , but if his next film is as enchanting as Frances Ha? Let's just see what ya' got.