Frances Ha

Frances Ha ★★★★

With Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach has perhaps made his finest film - and considering that this is the same man who gave us Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and The Whale, and Margot At The Wedding, that's really saying something. Mixing quarter-life diaspora with the kinetic energy of early Woody Allen and François Truffaut, Frances Ha paints a masterful portrait of what it's like to trying to find your way in the world when the few things you've known to always be true begin to evolve from a state of permanence to relativism.

In the film, this primarily takes the form of Frances' and Sophie's evolving friendship, but like all great films, Baumbach presents this to us in a way that allows us to intuit something deeper from its surface: nothing will stay the same forever, but we are the ones responsible for defining "change", and "forever." Nothing lasts, but nothing is lost. It's all very zen.

One of the great pleasures cinema can bring us is to be privy to someone's else's struggles, and how they positively learn from and adapt because of them. The ending shot of Frances Ha is nothing short of poetry. Absolutely brilliant.