Frances Ha

Frances Ha ★★★★½

Directed by Noah Baumbach, starring Greta Gerwig and written by Baumbach and Gerwig, Frances Ha is pure, unadulterated joy. A comedy drama that deftly escapes the trappings of an indie-type flick, Frances Ha tells the story of the eponymous character who finds herself in a difficult spot after her best friend moves out of their apartment. Frances is a very interesting and frankly quite peculiar character, she is charming, friendly, funny, unassuming but she can also be irritating, awkward and possessive. She is constantly reliant on her friend and job so when things start to take an unpleasant turn she doesn't know how to react, her inherent insecurity taking over. Greta Gerwig displays all of this with the utmost finesse, making what is undoubtedly a challenging and difficult role seem so easy and natural. As we follow Frances trying to put her life in order you can't help but sympathize with her and be invested in her self-(re)discovery journey. Sublime, touching and reaffirming in every way, Frances Ha is a beautiful and resounding success.

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