Review: Frances Ha

Frances Ha (2012) || MY RATING: 5/5

In which Greta Gerwig play-fights and publicly dances her way to finding herself.

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(dir. Noah Baumbach) 

I think we can all agree that Greta Gerwig is one of the most charming people on the entire planet. I mean, just look at that face. LOOK AT IT. It’s like she’s staring right into my soul and whispering, “Hey. Siân. You’re swell. Let’s be best friends.” 

Okay, Greta Gerwig; if you insist.

I had a ticket to Frances Ha at TIFF last year but stupidly gave it up because I was “feeling sick”. Ugh. I’m such a disappointment sometimes, eh. When I made it back to NYC last week, I saw this was screening and jumped at the chance to finally catch my lady on the big screen.

And it was so, so good. Gerwig plays Frances, a 27-year-old (hey! I’m 27!) who can’t seem to find a place to live (hey! I can’t find a place to live!) and can’t seem to find a job (hey! I can’t find a job!) and suddenly finds herself growing apart from her very best friend. The film, co-written by Baumbach and Gerwig, is hilarious and poignant without being too trying. From the incredibly funny moments (“Am I nautically sensual?”) to maybe one of the most heartfelt speeches about love I’ve ever heard, I was completely captivated by the film from beginning to end. The music is also deeeeeeeeeelightful and playful, especially the little moments like when Frances gets a surprise tax rebate in the mail. (Huzzah!)

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I’ve been trying to figure out why I loved this film but find the TV show Girls incredibly annoying, when they are both essentially the same thing. And, to be honest, I still don’t know. I think I just find Frances a far more endearing, “good” person that I see in myself…and I mostly just want to punch Hannah in the face.

If you’ve half a brain (or even no brain at all), you’ll get yourself to a screening of Frances Ha. POST HASTE! And if you’re wondering about the “Ha” part—oh, you’ll find out. It caused an audible audience-wide reaction  of adoration at the screening I attended and if you don’t have a similar reaction then you’re dead to me. (Seriously.) 

 

Written by Pickle // Originally posted here.