Frances Ha is an American comedy drama written by indie queen Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach who also directed the film.
Frances (Greta Gerwig) is a 27-year-old dancer living in New York with her best friend Sophie. Frances’ life starts to crumble when Sophie decided to move out of their apartment and live with her boyfriend. Unable to afford to stay in their flat alone Frances then moves from place to place trying to get her life together and keep her friendship with Sophie going.
It’s refreshing to see a comedy film with a female lead that isn’t obsessed with finding a man. Instead the focus is on female friendship and figuring out what you should do with your life. In an early scene Frances is not that bothered when her boyfriend breaks up with her, but is devastated when her heterosexual life partner moves out changing the dynamic of their friendship forever.
Frances feels like a real person. She’s flawed, has no idea what she wants and sometimes makes a terrible mess of her life. In the wrong hands she could be a self obsessed nightmare. Luckily Gerwig is great in the lead role. She deftly switches between the comedy and the dramatic moments, making Frances sympathetic and engaging as she stumbles through her life.
Other characters flow in and out of the story. Fans of Adam Driver from HBO series Girls will enjoy his performance as womanizer Lev, one of Frances’ flatmates, while Mickey Sumner is great as Sophie. However this is Gerwig’s film, you are drawn to her as she catapults herself into trouble, causing a scene in a bar, making drunken awkward conversations at dinner parties, all the while trying to make out to others that she will get her life on track.
It may be in black and white and have no A-list stars but if you fancy a break from mainstream Hollywood and the endless onslaught of superhero movies then give Frances Ha a chance.
Rating 4/5-a gem of a film, with a star turn from Greta Gerwig.