Frances Ha

Frances Ha ★★★★½

The December Challenge 2: Film #10

Frances Ha is the story of a woman who hasn't gotten it all figured out yet when her friends start to "grow up", so to speak. This leads to a bit of soul searching and house hopping from the fantastic Greta Gerwig, who co-wrote the script.

To me, Frances Ha works so well because it feels so human. Here are real people struggling with their inner thoughts (which may be outwardly presented in the dialogue as a stylistic choice) and hoping that they can still reach their dreams before succumbing to the anchor that is "growing up" without completely losing their friends to a complex new lifestyle. These are not people who make the best choices because they're characters in a movie, but they make the choices depending upon how they feel at the time and they have to deal with the consequences (like debt from Paris).

It's a stunningly loving look at how hard it is to find your place in life. Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwing have written something truly special.

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