Frances Ha, the chronicle film we like
Frances Ha, a young 27 years dancer that also taches dancing to kids asks herself about her future, while she is still in apprentice in the troupe. She enters a long introspection by the people she meets, sharing different apartments, working with students, and even going to Paris for two days on the spur of the moment.
The portray of a generation between teenagers and adults
The movie asks a simple question: what is to be an adult? Is it knowing the inner yourself and you profound desires, or purchasing an apartment and having children? In a time of students creating their companies and becoming millionaires, in a time of 40 years old dads skating with their kids, the question is naturally asked.
Frances is totally part of this generation in search for the meaning of life and to her credit, she fights and does not let it go, which makes the story move towards. She fails she hesitates but she stays the course she does not know to finds its way at the end. In a nice scene Sophie—her best friend, her mirror, the person she loves the more—confides to her while she is drunk. She confesses she is not happy in Tokyo, she does not want to marry her fiancé neither live with him. Then , the next day, she takes the control back and acts like nothing happened, like she did not told her truth out loud.
A real chronicle film
Chronicle films often have a bad image. Because the principle is to tell the story of a character, without anything particular happening to him. If nothing happens, if what is shawn is only the daily boring or banal life of a character, it is difficult to maintain the attention and interest of the spectator.
But Frances Ha, is more similar to a road movie without a car. Frances is always moving between two jobs or between two apartments. The people she meets feed her inner search until she finds what she profoundly desires.
Noah Baumbach, the new Hollywood
Coming from American indie cinema, such as his close friend Wes Anderson, he makes well written and directed movies with low budgets, in the trend of the new Hollywood. The relatively low cost allows him to be free and sign personal and innovative movies.
Greta Gerwig as Frances Halladay
Mickey Sumner as Sophie Levee
Charlotte d’Amboise as Colleen
Adam Driver as Lev Shapiro
Michael Esper as Dan
Grace Gummer as Rachel
Patrick Heusinger as Reade “Patch” Krause
Josh Hamilton as Andy
Maya Kazan as Caroline
Justine Lupe as Nessa
Britta Phillips as Nadia
Juliet Rylance as Janelle
Dean Wareham as Spencer
Michael Zegen as Benji