🎥Frances Ha (2012)
Dir. Noah Baumbach
Written by: Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig
We’ve been daydreaming about these years ever since high school. We grow up, go to college and whatnot, and then we are continuously smacked in the face with reality for the rest of our lives. There’s a funny stage in there where we are grown ups trying to grow up still. It’s a cliche sense, but a noteworthy one. Noah Baumbach’s 2012 film, Frances Ha, examines a focal point in adulthood that has become one of the most relatable in recent time. It is a true joy to watch recently Academy Award nominee Greta Gerwig’s performance perfectly encapsulate the idealistic nature of early adulthood, when friends seem like family and the impossible seems frustratingly achievable.
Growing up and searching for that complete independence and self-sufficiency are things that can intimidate the adult who is still figuring himself or herself out. Think “The Graduate” without the rich family to support the protagonist in his growing pains. From dabbling with credit cards to growing up through friendships, our protagonist, Frances, decides to tackle her issues and follies with an earnest and light-hearted style. She’s a 27 year-old New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment) who apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as the possibility of realizing them slowly fades. With a simplistic yet elegantly immersive black and white cinematography, this mumblecore film is a delightful reminder of the joy of being young and not having a plan. As a whole, it is an easy-to-enjoy film that unpretentiously makes you feel alive and puts a smile on your face without trying too hard.
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