- Starring: Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Michael Zegen, Mickey Sumner, Patrick Heusinger
- Summary: This small budget, black-and white-collaboration between writer/director Noah Baumbach and writer/star Greta Gerwig centers on Frances (Gerwig), an apprentice dancer fumbling through post-college life in New York City.
- Director: Noah Baumbach
- Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
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Above all, Frances Ha is a wry and moving portrait of friendship, highlighting the way that two people who know everything about each other can nevertheless grow apart as their needs change.
Frances Ha also marks the rare instance in which an actress has the perfect role at the perfect time. Ms. Gerwig's work here is fragile, delicate, subject to bruising; something that could wither under too much attention. Perhaps Ms. Gerwig is the greatest actress alive. And maybe Frances Ha is just the ghost orchid of independent cinema.
Aiming for lightness but landing with a thud, Frances Ha is a well-meaning blunder. Director Noah Baumbach’s ode to Brooklyn twentysomething life is a flibbertigibbet fable that, like a self-absorbed flirt you meet at a party, grates on the nerves despite being easy on the eyes.
Dec 20, 2013It was my personal favourite of the year. I just can't show how much I
loved this movie but will try my best in this review to explain. It was
just like the movie 'The Pursuit of Happiness' where it describes a
person's struggle over professional as well the relationship with a
best friend. I don't know why this movie was in black and white but
very seductive, like women from Charles Chaplin movies. The expressions
are 'the killer' if you are a man who fall easily for struggling women.
'Ruby Sparks' is my one of the year's favourite which was written by
the lead female of the movie and the same goes to 'Celeste and Jesse
Forever'. I know it is out of topic but I was saying the lead actress
from this movie who played Frances wrote this. All these were women
oriented subjects which rendered the movies from a distinct angle.
Frances is a cute and sarcastic woman in her late 20s lives with a best
friend Sophie in New York city. She is not talented but as a
professional dancer she earns enough to lead a happy life. Once she and
her boyfriend breakup, Sophie too throws an another bomb as she decides
to move out to live with her boyfriend. One after another her battle to
survive in the city for rich remains hopeless. But pursue for her dream
never ends as she wanted to be a fine choreographer. For all these she
must hold back her downs of her life and aim only up to self discover
the meaning of the life. Did she successful or not is what the movie
steadily chronicles her efforts.
The character Frances will be remembered for a long time, especially by
me. I just did not only had a fondness on that character but it
completely transformed me as one. In fact I felt the movie deeply into
me that I regretted for unable to give my support to Frances. I came to
know I am in love with Frances in the scene where she runs on the
streets of Chinatown. I think it is the best scene of the movie, very
adorable. You must watch the movie till the last frame before the end
credits roll up to know the meaning of this strange title. It was a
silly reason to have names like this for a movie but completely cool
and refreshing. It is not a thought provoking or an art movie but
believe me it is definitely a must see movie of the year.… Expand
Dec 19, 2013The awkwardness of the characters, especially Frances, and the things they do is painful to watch. But it is in these poignant moments that Noah Baumbach's ability to give his characters life. He reveals the humanness of the characters replete with flaws and gaffes and missteps. A beautiful film.… Expand
Nov 7, 2013Lovely movie, from the second half tough.
The Frances character gets more mature and deeper to the end of the movie. From time to time Greta Gerwig´s acting is a bit akward I do not get why she still has those ,,little child" moves or why is she acting like a child.
But overall, the movie was a good one.… Expand
Jan 15, 2014Not much to the movie but Greta Gerwig is irresistably adorable as a klutz, an apprentice dancer trying to find her way in life. She carries the whole movie on her shoulders and does a good job of keeping you entertained throughout...you can't help but fall in love with her.… Expand
Feb 2, 2014"Frances Ha" is like an episode of "Girls" in which the girls suddenly, thankfully, are not annoying nymphomaniacs. Greta Gerwig is endearing, with her difficulty facing life's realities (and her bad hair). But she can't make up for the fact that F's aimless missteps are not that entertaining. Also, the intense passion between the two girlfriends -- continual mini traumas, constant I love yous -- just seemed odd & ridiculous. Really, really liked Noah B's other films, but found this one blah.… Expand
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