Frances Ha (2012) - dir. Noah Baumbach
Forget any of your prior concerns regarding the names: Noah Baumbach, Serge Gainsbourg or Lena Dunham. This is an indie flick about a lost soul wandering the hip streets of Brooklyn. And no, I won’t lie to you and say, “but it’s so much more!” Because it’s not more. It’s exactly what you think it will be… but so much better.
Frances Haliday (Greta Gerwig - who also co-wrote the script) is having a great time being in her mid-twenties, being a dancing apprentice, living week to week with her best friend Sophie (Mickey Summer). Then her boyfriend asks her to move in with her, she says no, they breakup, Sophie moves out, Frances loses her job and most of her world crumbles all around her. The only things remaining she’s now too proud to hold onto. Watching Frances make the wrong decision at every all-too-realistic situation is the beauty of the film. It never dawdles, and it goes everywhere you could fathom. Frances Ha is, quite simply, a triumph.
What a perfect review, I need to watch this again soon.