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Published July 30th 2013
Noah Baumbach's new comedy/drama Frances Ha is the story of Frances Halladay. Frances (Greta Gerwig) is a twenty-seven year old dancer who lives in New York with her best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner). Frances is a girl who wants more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy. This film is a modern comic story that explores New York City, friendship, ambition, failure, and redemption. It's the story of two friends separating and one having to come to terms and figure out how to live her life.
Frances is a charming, light-hearted, eager-to-please trainee dancer. She conceals a growing state of depression with a quirky, silly personality. The film includes various recurring issues in adulthood such as career anxiety, competition and of course disappointment with life, it does also however have gentle sparks of optimism fluttering within.
I felt similarities to Lena Dunham's' Girls' due to various locals and scenes, for example the confounded single girl returning to her affectionately portrayed parentals who are funding her bright eyed, big-city adventure. The appearance of Adam Driver playing Lev, the artist with weird, faintly belligerent mannerisms only further sends my mind to 'Girls'.
The film itself presents a stage that most people have gone through, are currently going through or most likely shall go through, in which we don't know who we are, what we want or where our place is in the world. It covers the desires and the jealousies towards those who have found their place. Frances Ha is a salute to messy lives and a lack of direction. It's quirky and beautiful in its uncertainty.
Even with its boho-esque indie vibe, the film has depth and a feeling of realism. It's a scenario that could be happening right this very moment to any woman or man in any city, in any country.
Frances Ha is a must see film for lovers of whimsical characters, of television shows such as 'Girls' and a story line with a deep sense of real life.