Frances Ha

Frances Ha ★★★★★

Three times have I now tried to write a review of this, but yet I cannot come up with any words that describe Frances Ha. Noah Baumbach's 2012 black/white film starring Greta Gerwig, is such a minimalistic and amazing movie. From all it's subtlety it shows a gripping story about identity. It's a coming of age story about someone who doesn't want to face adulthood, and have a hard time finding her footing in the world. It's such a small and realistic piece of art, I would prefer calling it a masterpiece. Baumbach is known for films that centers around people who either don't want to grow up, and stories about love, identity, and people struggling to find themselves. His 2019 film, "Marriage Story" landed pretty good with me, making it my third favorite film of that year. It had me in tears for showing the beauty and honors of a marriage which at the same time was crumbling right in front of them. "Frances Ha" is the second film I watched from Baumbach, and I am ashamed of myself for not having seen this earlier. Or am I? On the one hand, I don't think I would have enjoyed the film if I wasn't the age I am right now. but on the second hand, it is a universal great film that connects humans as we feel we can replace ourselves with Frances and see us in her spot. I felt personally connected to her as a character, because I, myself, is right now struggling with finding my place. Even though Frances has a lot of talent and has had great opportunities with her life, she doesn't seem to fully understand or comprehend them.
The beauty of the film is to be found in the incredibly touching and bearing screenplay, which was written by Baumbach and Gerwig. The lines feel close to reality as it can get, and contains a lot of charm and charisma. But the way the screenplay takes us through the days of Frances and her restless body is riveting. The lines feel fresh and lively, more like poetry than actual scripted language. Gerwig's performance as Frances had me from the beginning wondering why she was doing like she was. I soonly discovered the greatness and the unpredictability she has as a performer. It's funny that the Golden Globes acknowledged her with a nomination in the lead actress comedy category, but she was left out of the Oscars completely. It's a weird take because I normally wouldn't say this film has Golden Globe material, it's mostly just for the Academy. Even though 2012 was a strong year for many films - and great leading ladies - I think Gerwig's performance is much more spacious and unveils a lot more true emotions.
I like the black and white look for the film. It makes is more interesting to look at, and it apprehends Frances in away. The cinematography is great. The style is very similar to "Marriage Story" where the camera is more like a fly on the wall that observes the character's interactions. I like that aspect and adds a lot to the film's interpretation. I wish I could experience this again all over. It's such a glamourous picture, that shares a lot of great themes along its way. I'm afraid the film is gonna be one of my favorites, but I think it requires a rewatch to tell.

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