Sunday, 4 August 2013

#65 FRANCES HA

Directed by Noah Baumbach, written by Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig and starring Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner. 86 minutes looooong.

When her best friend decides it's time to move on and out of their New York apartment,  scatter-brained, gawky, free-spirit and perennial woman-child, Frances - a 27 year-old apprentice dancer for a second-rate dance company, who's forever scrabbling for the next rent cheque is forced to move from one apartment to another in an ever decreasing spiral of poverty till she's reduced to working as a greeter for the summer at her old college and sleeping in her old dorm room. Along the way she meets a series of well-off people who all seem to find something special in her that for the life of me I couldn't.

What makes this film interesting is that it's a film about a young woman and at no point does she have to have a relationship or have sex with a man to propel it on. It's just a film about a young woman forced to grow up a little.

Sweet, endearing but crushingly aimless and empty.

6/10

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