film review – Frances Ha

Frances doesn’t make much money, struggles to become a dancer and tries to find her way in New York. But fortunately she isn’t entirely left to her own devices: she still has Sophie, her best and dearest friend. They’ve known each other for years, live together and have always shared everything. Until Sophie decides to move out to live with her boyfriend, and Frances is forced to revaluate her life and to really think about what it is she wants her future to look like and how to make it happen.

Frances Ha is a movie about friendship, about growing up and the meaning of adulthood, about chasing dreams but also knowing when it’s time to face reality. Frances’ story is a small and subtle one, delicately told and shot in beautiful black and white, which makes the universal story about twentysomethings trying to find their place in the world even more timeless. While the film tackles pressing subject matters it’s still fairly light and fun, thanks to the writing and directing (a blend of Woody Allen and HBO’s Girls), but mostly thanks to Greta Gerwig’s acting. Her Frances is a vulnerable, authentic, naive girl, not quite ready yet to act like an adult. Gerwig carries the film and is its warm relatable center.

Frances Ha is a delightful little film about what it means to grow up and be your own person, a timeless account of friendship, individuality, dreams and living your life. 8/10

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