Francis Ha, was another one of those movies, that I hadn’t really heard anything about. It was showing at our local independent cinema and it sounded like a quirky good bet (having briefly watched the trailer). Unusually, shot in black and white about a quirky girl, Frances, finding her way and learning to get on with life.
Overall – a lovely and quirky film, that I think many of us can relate to (or at least different aspects of it), about growing up, when you are already a grown up!
Film Info for Frances Ha:
- 15 (contains strong language)
- 86 mins
- Comedy, Drama
- Directed by Noah Baumback, Starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Summer, Adam Driver
Frances is best friends with Sophie. (Work) life and (love) life is hard, but all is well, as Frances has her bestest friend ever Sophie. They simply get each other and are the bestest of friends. Though Sophie “moves” on and moves in with her boyfriend, leaving Frances floundering with the “loss” of her friendship and having to “find her own way”. Aged 27 and she hasn’t really found her way yet. She loves to dance, but isn’t really good enough and is always broke. Her antics are at times annoying and you just want to shout at her “Grow up, Frances”, “move on, Frances” and yet at the same time she is endearing and you kind of feel sorry for her.
Finally, she DOES get her act together and we have the long awaited for happy ending.
For me, this is a film about exploring close friendships. The dependencies the create. About finding your way as a young adult, figuring out what you want to do in life, and HOW you are going to do it. Understanding, your strengths and weaknesses and making the most of what you have.
Watch the Frances Ha Trailer:
My overall movie rating for Frances Ha:
Would my husband like this film? Probably not, it is a chic flic, in a none chic flic way!
Did my friend like it? Absolutely and it was funny how we could relate to different aspects of the story.
Likeability of characters – 8/10 (good characters)
General story line – 8/10 (growing up as a grown up and finding your way, isn’t easy! Though “slow moving” in an Film Art House kind of way and did I mention it was shot in black & white?)
The Ending – 8/10 (if it didn’t have a happy ending it would have been depressing)
Overall? I wouldn’t you have to watch this movie NOW, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as a movie going experience and can image that it is much better on the big screen than on TV. Also a “food for thought” kind of film.