Frances Ha 2013

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A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles.

Starring:
Greta Gerwig,Mickey Sumner
Runtime:
1 hour, 26 minutes

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Frances Ha

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Noah Baumbach
Starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner
Supporting actors Adam Driver
Studio Metrodome
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Lister on 1 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By FlowerPower on 12 July 2014
Format: DVD
I wouldn't call this funny and am mystified as to why it is billed as a 'laugh out loud', I found it was pointless and boring and a waste of time, I kept looking at the clock wondering when it would be over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Percy on 7 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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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Format: DVD
Before I begin, I must say that before I saw film, I was under the impression that this was a French movie, most likely because I thought that it was "France's", rather that "Frances". Even by looking at the pictures from the film, as well as the first few seconds of the film itself, it seemed like a French film. It was only after the characters spoke for the first time that I realised my mistake.
Even with this, the whole film does indeed feel like a French New Wave film, looking like something that Truffaut might have done. Even a few of the male characters look French and at one point in the movie, Frances even rides a bicycle through the street - very French indeed!

OK, enough about that!

I thought that the film was simple and charming; it doesn't take itself too seriously and you get to feel close to many of the characters, especially Frances herself.
The dialogue is also very natural and believable, more so than other, similar films. While listening to the characters talk, I suspected that Greta Gerwig might have had a hand in writing and after the film, I discovered that she had indeed co-written the script with Noah Baumbach. The conversations feel incredibly natural; you believe every word that they say and it also helps that there is genuine chemistry between all of the actors.

It is a very pleasant film to look at, very reminiscent of Woody Allen or Francois Truffaut.
I also love how "quick" the editing is; the film doesn't stay on one scene too long, it makes its point and gets on to the next one.
The music is also great too; I had Hot Chocolate in my head for a few days after watching this film!

In conclusion, this is a simple, charming film full of smart, natural dialogue and it should especially appeal to fans of the French New Wave, since the film oozes "Frenchness" through every cinematic pore.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ben Smith [SHELF HEROES] on 16 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
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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