Frances Ha

Frances Ha ★★★★★

"I'm so embarrassed, I'm not a real person yet!"

I remember saying this about every single new song I listened to in high school, so hopefully I know myself well enough now that this doesn't sound too ignorant or naive: Frances Ha is about me. Or rather, it's about my generation. Twenty-somethings confronting the fact that it's time to become a real person.

Frances might be annoying at times, but she's annoying in all the same ways I am. She doesn't know how to behave in social situations, she doesn't know how to make important decisions, she doesn't know what she wants to do with her life. Sometimes she's too proud, and sometimes she's too humble. She is still finding the coordinates of her place within the symbolic order.

Structurally I think the film jumps into its third act too quickly (suddenly Frances is making the right decisions for herself and it's not entirely clear why), but in spite of that Frances Ha remains among a small collection of recent films (e.g. Boyhood) that have a special place in my heart for capturing some inherent truth of my life and of my generation.

2012: Year in Film | 2014: Multiple Watches

"Starboard anal sex."

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