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Frances Ha [DVD]

Greta Gerwig , Mickey Sumner , Noah Baumbach    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Michael Esper, Adam Driver, Charlotte d'Amboise
  • Directors: Noah Baumbach
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jan 2014
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,342 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Greta Gerwig gives a glowing performance as Frances, a twenty-something woman living in New York, who dreams of being a dancer and, despite the obstacles that stand in her way, lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness.

Frances Ha is the critically acclaimed New York comedy from director Noah Baumbach about friendship, love, being young and dreaming big.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frances Haha 1 Aug 2013
The delightfully unaffected Greta Gerwig stole the show in writer-director Noah Baumbach's acerbic Greenberg, and now she co-writes and takes centre stage in its very funny follow-up.

Gerwig plays the title character, a drifting 27-year-old dancing understudy, more goofy than quirky, despairing at the life decisions of her friends, whilst making some shockers of her own. This is really a love story between Frances and her BFF Sophie (Mickey Summer): friendship, fights, fun, and reconciliation, all coasting along sweetly on Baumbach's improvisational yet elegant style, this time in delicious monochrome. New York is a black and white city.

The script is predictably well-observed, as are the naturalistic performances. At times the film feels slight; at other times aggravatingly self-aware. But overall it's so effortlessly amusing and relatable that it's hard not to root for our blundering heroine, however hipster her world appears.

This'll make a fraction of what Grown-Ups 2 rakes in, but this will be the movie to stand the test of time. Is Baumbach the new Woody Allen? No, he's just Baumbach - and that's good enough.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A downright joyous experience 16 Aug 2013
There's something special about black and white contemporary films that make them feel somehow more unusual, urgent and focused than their colour counterparts. Would `Manhattan' or `Clerks' be as well remembered in Technicolor? `Frances Ha' makes a wonderful use of the medium, stripping out superfluous detail and concentrating on its loveable central character Frances (Greta Gerwig), a 27-year-old New Yorker who is floundering her way into adulthood, moving from apartment to apartment and struggling to pay the bills with her infrequent work as a dancer. When her long time best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner) moves out to live with her boyfriend, Frances is cast adrift and attempts to find a little direction in her shambolic life.

This is a downright joyous experience, so refreshing and funny it's hard to see where it could be improved. For a start it's uplifting to see a portrayal of genuine female characters that aren't just two-dimensional foils for male leads and who actually look and behave like real people. When Frances and Sophie are slobbing around in the apartment in sweat pants and no make-up, that's what they look like - not a dolled up Hollywood version of it. The most welcome change though is that it isn't about romance or Frances `finding a man' to give her life some meaning: a tired, predictable theme that makes for dull, crowd-pleasing cinema - and bears next to no relation to life. 'Frances Ha' is about Frances, not about her love life or big life-changing moments. Realism is high on the agenda throughout and to its credit it doesn't resort to grit, nudity or sex to convey that - proving that strong characterisation is always what matters most.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet independent gem. 30 Jun 2014
The film won't appeal to everyone, but if you are its target audience (you enjoy quirky, charming, Woody Allen-esque (think "Manhattan") black and white edit of the lovely cinematography) you will thoroughly enjoy this! I certainly did, even though I found Frances Ha often irritating and tiresome, I felt tender towards this "looking older than her 27 years" child who literally dances her way through the streets of New York, and you know she is going to be alright in the end.

Frances Ha - both the film and the heroine - is elegant yet awkward, graceful yet so obviously out of place, bright and funny and kind-hearted.

For a film which does not have Hollywood usual romance in it, it is surprisingly romantic. Recommended for a relaxing night in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern day Three Colours Red film 7 Mar 2014
I think I fell in love with Frances. She reminds me very much about you 20's.

Whilst watching the film, I felt I was watching a modern version of 'Three Colours Red'; a beautiful young woman trying to figure out her place and who she really is.

What Frances lacks in self-identity, she gives in her love for her friend. She's a very human subject to watch, because she shows how she's really feeling most of the time, and although she's out of step with her friends who are moving towards adulthood easier than she is, it's still very touching to see how she is still herself.

I really enjoyed this. It reminded me very much of 'Three Colours Red', which is a similar story: the search of meaning and belonging from a 20's something perspective.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
More a character study than plot driven film, it tells of the lost, screwed up 27 year old Francis, played with lost, screwed up loveable-ness by co-writer Greta Gerwig. She has what seems an amazingly close relationship with her roommate and best friend Sophie (a terrific Mickey Summer), but it all comes crashing down when Sophie decides to move out (and maybe grow up) for a better apartment (not as crazy as that sounds in NYC), leaving Frances suddenly uprooted and alone.

We follow Frances as she pin-balls through places to live and people to connect with (or not), seeming too childlike for her own good, and unable to take control of her life. But she never sinks so low that she loses the spark that makes us want good things for her, in spite of her continually getting in her own way.

While the film has some very touching moments, and generally excellent acting and writing, something in it made me feel held a bit atarms length. For all the joy and sorrow in Frances' life, I felt more like a clinical observer and less like a participant than I wanted to. And while some of Baumbach's nods to French new wave film-making work wonderfully (the high-spirited musical romp Frances takes down New York streets is wildly infectious), some of them, like the constant use of music from those seminal 1960s films as score was, for me,
distracting and too self-conscious. Frances is a good enough character, and Baumbach a talented enough story teller that it the film didn't need such heavy handed style laid over it.

Still, a unique, if flawed film about a unique if flawed character. It's good to see Baumbach stretch, even if he - like Francis - hasn't quite figured out where he's going yet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahoy Frances !
I wouldn't call it a comedy as such - so the billing for this film is a bit misleading. However, as a picaresque and bitter-sweet tale of a quirky and slightly worrying character... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Riff Raff
5.0 out of 5 stars What it's like to make your way in the Big City
I spent nine years in London from 1994 to 2003 trying to make my way as a writer/journalist and I could completely identify with the struggles of Frances Ha. Read more
Published 19 days ago by William Cohen
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovable Frances / Greta.
If you like comedy and indie movies, Greta Gerwig is a great comedian, and this digital black and white movie is funny and entertaining. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. R. Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Frances Love Frances love!
So inspiring, so engaging and warm to watch, Frances Ha makes the best out of life and leaves wanting more, Enjoy life is the message and follow your dream no matter how big or... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Max
3.0 out of 5 stars Arrived quickly
This film was not what I expected.... A friend and I were looking forward to a fairly 'funny' film which we could, possibly, relate to in some way! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart
Glass half full.
Determined to enjoy life, despite the disappointments she encounters.
Men come across as weak and shallow though.
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Delaney
5.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting film
Although Frances struggles all the way through this film, she is an eternal optimist who enjoys living life to the full. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ursula Holdsworth
2.0 out of 5 stars Less than the sum of its parts.
Normally I assume I'll disagree with all the cynical reviews for an artsy or 'foreign type' film, but this time i'm going to be *that* guy doing the review. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Matt B
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
Reviews of this film made it sound like just the kind of interior story I enjoy but I found it so tedious and I had so little interest in or sympathy for the main character I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne Liddon
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and endearing
A well paced film which has you laughing from start to finish. The relationship dynamics are palatable and the concept of watching someone's day to day life is finally done well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. D'Amato
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