Jason’s review published on Letterboxd:
This was an absolute game changer.
Frances Ha was absurdly up my alley, I can't even tell you. It's lovely and whimsical. From the pitch perfect screenplay, , to its b&w photography, music sequence, filmmaking techniques & tricks, how you fall in love with Frances, tone, throwaway lines, developed characters, editing, and scenes like the modern love sequence ---> i'm in love with a movie. Gerwig was exquisite, her most complex, lived-in performance to date. Frances Ha is a slice of life, like no other. It's also personal, and it hits hard. Also, one of the fews films I've seen that is totally absent of cliche. Full of heart and untraditional whit.
It's also a generational film. It has this classic, inimate-YET EPIC feeling, yet somehow more in tune with today's generational struggles than anything I've seen in a long time. I can watch the film when I'm upset or crying, and it just puts the biggest smile on my face.
The film lives on endless rewarding rewatches.
Frances' struggles can be frighteningly real, and Baumbach crafted something I'm not sure he even realized. There is no specific reason why the film is shot in black and white besides perhaps Baumbach trying to craft his own Manhattan, but it looks and feels great.
I also can't forget there are the many great throwaway lines and sight gags in this movie. The film overall is lovely, manic yet sincere.
Frances Ha is not only one of the best films of 2013, it's one of my favorite films of all time.