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Frances Ha 2013

3.9 out of 5 stars (53) IMDb 7.4/10

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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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Noah Baumbach
Starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner
Supporting actors Michael Esper, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen, Charlotte d'Amboise, Grace Gummer, Daiva Deupree, Isabelle McNally, Vanessa Ray, Justine Lupe, Lindsay Burdge, Patrick Heusinger, Marina Squerciati, Christine Gerwig, Gordon Gerwig, David Salem, Isaac Salem, Anna Salem, Laurie Aloisio-Salem
Studio Metrodome
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2014
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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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Format: DVD
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.
This film has a great lead character, well acted, but all the support characters are fairly lightly sketched out.
It was in b+w, flagging "arty" big time, but basically didnt live up to that. I couldnt see why that was done. There were no ideas or themes. No actual story (I liked Manhatten + Clerks btw)
At one point she says her friends are really funny and they could be part of a tv comedy. I get the feeling the director 'thinks' these exchanges are really sharp but (for me) it was like overhearing a conversation by 2 eighteen yr olds on the bus.

But the bottom line was - there is no plot to speak of, no tension in the narrative, why should we keep watching after 30 mins when there is no situation to resolve.

I really wanted to like this, I like most of the comparison films in other reviews...but....theres just not enough here to enjoy!!
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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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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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