Review: Frances Ha, a brutal dive into adulthood?

By Chloe Darnaud

Frances is a 27-year-old New Yorker who seriously needs to get her shit together. She can’t afford to pay full rent, makes bad decisions, crashes friend’s houses… Frances constantly pretends everything is fine when her whole life is slowly coming apart.

The movie is about her trying to take back control of her life. “Sometimes it’s good to do what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it,” she says.

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The film director, Noah Baumbach, made the bold choice of using black and white. For a movie that came out in 2012, the use of black and white is surprising but plays well. The imagery is beautiful and Greta Gerwig, who plays Frances, is exceptional. A real teenager in the body of an adult.

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More reviews of Noah Baumbach’s films to come.

Edit: Watched Mistress America, another Baumbach film staring Greta Gerwig. A masterpiece.

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