IMDB Summary: A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles.
Imagine a skinny white girl, parading around a park in New York. Doesn’t this sound like the premise of a stupid romantic comedy? I know, that’s what I thought. But I was pleasantly surprised by Greta Gerwig in this black and white film about a life that isn’t so black and white.
Gerwig plays Frances, a disheveled modern dancer trying to make it in New York. Initially, she’s living in an apartment with her best friend Sophie, but as their relationship takes some weird twists and turns, the film focuses on Frances just trying to do her thing. The film is so multi-faceted and it delves into the mysterious world of what “being a grown-up” really means. Do we take that seriously? Or do we just laugh it off? Either way, the movie takes you along on the crazy life of Frances Haliday and how she manages to just get by.
I can’t say that I’ve seen anything else Noah Baumbach has done, but I definitely will look into his other films based on how impressed I am with Frances Ha. I think it was a wonderfully executed film and it made me laugh, it made me on the verge of tears, and watching this movie was a really great experience. I recommend this to people who can relate to feeling a little lost at times. Keep in mind, this is a modern film done completely done in black and white!