Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver
Written By: Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig
Directed By: Noah Baumbach
Release Date: May 17, 2013
Frances Ha isn't a film that works simply because of its realism. Yes, it's a film that touches the lives of "twenty-somethings" in such a simplistic, yet in-depth manner, (similar to that of Lena Dunham's Girls); but it also because it touches upon on realm of cinema that a lot of people previously loved, but seemed to have forgotten about. That realm is The French New Wave of Cinema. Frances Ha works well not because of anything spectacular or grandiose simply because it doesn't have to. It's simplistic in its characters, in their development and how it uses these people to create a world similar to our own. These characters are us, the people watching the film. They aren't these boring characters that are perfect and have their problems wrapped up for them at the end of the film. A conversation about finding love that Frances has with a room full of married people is spot on. So is her constant jumping from place-to-place and job-to-job, only to do something stupid and risky that leads one into even more debt than she already is. Frances is the epitome of what means to be lost, confused and in your twenties. Frances maxes out the credit card she got in the mail just a few days prior and even stupidly turns down a job offer even though she's unemployed. These actions are relatable. Yes, they're also quite annoying, but sometimes stupid choices matter and it's in these kinds of choices that Baumbach encaptures what it means to be a "twenty-something". Even though these things sound crazy and probably self-destructive, it's what actually happens in the world.