Frances Ha

New to DVD – 12th November 2013

Frances Ha

“I’m so sorry, I’m not a real person yet.

8.2

RECOMMENDED

-4

Frances Ha is an interesting paean to New York in the vein of Manhattan, an exploration of the supposed prison the city’s residents have built for themselves. Driven by themes of alienation, maturity and happiness, the film follows its titular character who is fantastically rendered onscreen by Greta Gerwig, a bumbling and clumsy 27-year-old 11-year-old unable to fit into society in any way except for distributing infectious joy through of her childlike dancing. Frances drifts between residences with various acquaintances which leads to incidents that can switch between endearing and embarrassing at the blink of an eye, all depending on whatever mood she finds herself in. The film is so driven by this character that it consistently leads you into mirroring Frances’ projected emotions, which is largely due to Gerwig’s completely awesome performance as well as the skilfully written script. It’s not a strongly story based film, toeing the line of niche taste. I guess the key to deciding whether or not to watch Frances Ha is to ask: When did you last turn down a Woody Allen movie?

Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Written by: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver
Studio: RT Features, Pine District Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions
Distributed by: IFC Films
Released: 17th May 2013
Running time: 86 minutes
Country: USA

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