“Frances Ha” Review

14 January, 2017

Year of Release: 2012
Director: Noah Baumbach
Screenwriters: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig
Director of Photography: Sam Levy
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver, Mickey Sumner

Synopsis: The story of a woman stuck in a failing career, slipping into debt while losing touch with her best friend. Despite knowing that it’s time to move on, she chooses instead to dance, drink, and wrestle her way through life while avoiding the harsh realities of adulthood.

Frances Ha Review:

Everyone has the ability to tap into their silly side and “Frances Ha” demonstrates in the most delightful manner that being a fully-fledged adult doesn’t put an end to fun, even when life tells you to be a grown-up. Structured around the elegant spontaneity and playfulness of the French New Wave, “Frances Ha” takes mumblecore to hilarious new heights as Greta Gerwig’s lovable awkwardness meshes with an intelligent script that’s jointly written and envisioned by the film’s star and director.

It’s difficult to describe “Frances Ha” without making it sound like Jim Jarmusch decided to remake “Dumb & Dumber,” and yet the movie inhabits a much higher comedic plane than most slapstick entertainment. It’s an endearing and painfully self-aware comedy in which a woman accepts her various pitfalls and decides to just roll with life anyway. Frances shows a remarkable knack for shrugging in the face of adversity, refusing to lose her pride in the worst of times and rarely feeling sorry for herself as circumstances change and friends move on.


Greta Gerwig is undoubtedly the shining performer in a film revolving around her natural talents as she proves herself as both comedian and enigma, delivering a script that prizes uniqueness and self-expression over all other human characteristics. Understated and relatable, “Frances Ha” is a truthful depiction of the uncertainty that comes with life’s transitional phases and it’s a film based on the crippling sense of imbalance that many feel uncomfortable acknowledging.

 

   

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