Frances Ha

Frances Ha

Blu-ray Disc - 2013 | [Blu-ray/DVD combo pack]
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Greta Gerwig is radiant as a woman in her late twenties in contemporary New York, trying to sort out her ambitions, her finances, and, above all, her tight but changing bond with her best friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner). Meticulously directed by Noah Baumbach (Kicking and Screaming) with a free-and-easy vibe reminiscent of the French New Wave's most spirited films, and written by Baumbach and Gerwig with an effortless combination of sweetness and wit, Frances Ha gets at both the frustrations and the joys of being young and unsure of where to go next. This wry and sparkling city romance is a testament to the ongoing vitality of independent American cinema.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, 2013.
Edition: [Blu-ray/DVD combo pack]
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray videodisc : sd., b&w. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 DVD + 1 booklet


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May 22, 2019

A close friend rated the best movies of each year from 2010 to today, and "Frances Ha" is his pick for 2012. I have never watched it, so I got it from the library. OMG, what a disappointment.
Best movie of that year? Technically, the sound is bad, the original music score is poor, sound mix is bad, lighting is bad in several scenes, etc. From the point of view of the plot... wow, such a simplistic view of life, no diversity of cast or characters, the director is just trying to make these characters cool and interesting and charming and cute (but some people would simply call them "losers", people who refuse to grow up).

It could be the best of the year in the "low budget feature category", but even that would be a big stretch. I just didn't like it.

Isaac Rabinovitch
Mar 24, 2019

A charming, bright, but painfully self-involved young woman struggles to find real adulthood.

Jan 28, 2018

Back when this movie came out (2012), I was struck by the charm of Greta Gerwig and to date, I think it is her best work. She co-wrote the screenplay with director Noah Baumbach. So much of Frances is Greta, I think. Greta is a 20-something New Yorker trying to figure herself out. She has a very close with relationship with her friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner). Like Frances says, it's like they're lesbians without the sex. For Frances and Sophie, everything is is silly and fun. A man enters the picture. Sophie's ex, Patch, is back in her life and it's cramping Frances' style. Frances is not the most responsible person with regards to money and finds herself moving between apartments. Along the way she tries to fill the void that Sophie left. She has some luck with Benji (Michael Zegan) who teases her about being undateable. Meanwhile, he's lying through his teeth in an effort to impress the women he dates. Gerwig and Baumback have written some characters who seem real and relatable. There are a lot of funny moments ...... not funny ha ha (pun intended).

Jun 17, 2017

A playful and touching film, tough it seems unfinished to me; there ought to have been another twenty minutes to give an ending to the story. I was quite annoyed at the use (theft!) of the music from "The 400 Blows" in the film.

Mar 21, 2017

A very stylistic, unconventional look at a woman's life in New York. The characters in this film are so loveable and Greta Gerwig has such an interesting approach to acting. Sharply written dialogue throughout, great chemistry between the characters, and just some really funny moments. Great movie!

Dec 06, 2016

Don't waste your time boring crap!

Nov 30, 2015

I enjoyed living vicariously through this lovable free spirited woman!

Oct 02, 2015

So great! This is one of my superfave movies!!!! Love love love. It's about friendship, growing up, and accepting the changes.

Jun 12, 2015

So super-good! It's about growing up, and the evolution of a friendship. Beautiful! Especially Frances' outpouring on , "YOUR person in this world".

May 12, 2015

ah, com'on. this a fantasy in someone's mind. I wanted to slap her and sit her down and talk to Frances about her life in the fantasy world. bad, bad, waste of film.

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Mar 10, 2014

Frances: It's that thing when you're with someone, and you love them and they know it, and they love you and you know it... but it's a party... and you're both talking to other people, and you're laughing and shining... and you look across the room and catch each others eyes... but - but not because you're possessive, or it's precisely sexual... but because... that is your person in this life. And it's funny and sad, but only because this life will end, and it's this secret world that exists right there in public, unnoticed, that no one else knows about. It's sort of like how they say that other dimensions exist all around us, but we don't have the ability to perceive them. That's - That's what I want out of a relationship. Or just life, I guess.


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