Frances Ha: NYC 20-Somethings in Transition | NYC 20-Somethings in Transition

Greta Gerwig in Frances Ha (IFC Films)

What is thoroughly charming about Frances Ha is its fresh simplicity and, surprisingly, its black and white medium. We are flies on the wall in the lives of 20-somethings during their transitional years as they search for jobs, apartments, and meaning in the high-priced city of New York. 

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Frances Ha (IFC Films)

Co-written by Greta Gerwig (Damsels in Distress, To Rome with Love) and director/beau Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale), Frances Ha bears a familiar, Woody Allen-style dialogue that’s unfiltered and off-the-cuff, where we can revel in the ordinary and chortle through the comedy of life’s fleeting agonies. 

Frances Ha

Frances Ha (IFC Films)

Frances (Gerwig) and Sophie (Mickey Sumner, daughter of Sting) are best friends and roommates in Sophie’s apartment. They live together, play together, and platonically sleep together, and they think, talk, and laugh like two halves of one brain. Their friendship is the rock of Frances’s casual existence. But two months before Sophie’s lease expires, Sophie gets invited to share an expensive apartment in Tribeca that Frances can’t afford. Suddenly Frances is forced to navigate her own life, and at New York prices, the pressure is on. We follow her emotional, uncharted journey as she tries to find her way without her best friend. Frances’s heart is broken, but this delightful tale views itself from a safe distance, and seasons Frances’s growing pains with a generous dose of comedic salt. In the end, Frances Ha delivers a lighthearted film about young adulthood that’s clever, poignant, and entertaining, and just might help you laugh at your own woes.  B+