Film Review ; Frances Ha

August 9, 2013

I can’t remember the last time I saw a film that I wanted to watch all over again as soon as it finished. I’d also never planned on writing a film review but I just had to share this, so you’ll all go watch it. I would even enjoy this film on mute because the black and white shots are just so sumptuous, but don't do that because the soundtrack is also amazing.

I was captivated by Greta Gerwig’s performance. She plays 27-year-old Frances, who is kind of awkward and a bit unconventional. Frances is a dancer or at least trying to be, and the film follows her life after her best friend Sophie moves out.  There are moments in the film that I think, if I was Frances I’d be balling my eyes out but instead she carry’s on with an oblivious endurance. There are also times where you want to shake her and say ‘your'e being an idiot’ but in life we don’t have these interventions and we watch as Frances figures it all out.

 The message I took from this film was - don’t worry if you haven’t got your shit together yet, you will do ... oh and hang onto your best friend; because they’re the best.

I think there’s a lot of pressure for people to be successful at a young age and its one of those things that panics me a lot! Frances Ha reminded me to calm down, take my time and just try my hardest. I get the same feeling when I watch HBO’s Girls; A series that I am completely in love with.

In the novel that Hannah is working on in ‘Girls ‘the opening sentence reads "A friendship between college girls is grander and more dramatic than any romance…" I think this also sums up France Ha. 

Watch the trailer here.
Interview with Greta here.