Frances Ha

  • 15
  • Noah Baumbach (2012)
  • US
  • 82 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

The romantic and professional travails of 20-something dancer Frances are detailed in this winning serio-comic saga. Set in the heart of Big Apple bohemia, it's filmed in black and white in a knowing tribute to Woody Allen's Manhattan. Writer/director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg) shows no little ambition in encouraging such comparisons, but his film is indeed a triumph, blissfully combining spot-on humour and genuine insight. Much of the credit goes to leading lady and co-writer Greta Gerwig, who turns in a career-defining performance as the bumbling yet endearing Frances. With her flatmate and one true best friend (played with real spark by Mickey Sumner, daughter of rock star Sting) about to move out, it's crunch time for the embattled heroine. Yet, as she careens between embarrassments and faux pas, Gerwig ensures that we're always rooting for her. Telling musical accompaniment from David Bowie, French soundtrack composer Georges Delerue (and even Hot Chocolate!) add allure to a film that's well aware of its own hipness, but never too cool to laugh and cry.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Greta Gerwig.

Cast and crew

Cast

Frances
Greta Gerwig
Sophie
Mickey Sumner
Lev
Adam Driver
Benji
Michael Zegen
Patch
Patrick Heusinger
Colleen
Charlotte D'Amboise
Rachel
Grace Gummer

Crew

Director
Noah Baumbach

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Metrodome
Guidance: 
Swearing, sexual references.
Released 26 Jul 2013
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy
Drama