I knew Frances Ha was a coming–of–age black and white shortish film and that it’s good. And frankly, you don’t need to know much more going in: because from minute one, you’re sucked into Frances’s charming world full of quirks. If you’re in your twenties and unsure and haven’t seen this film, I recommend you put this review aside and go watch it – it’s on Netflix and all.
The moment Frances Ha completely won me over was the trip to Paris because it was such an adorable, unexplainable and spontaneous thing to do – it’s something I’d love to do one day, and my bets are on that you would, too. Or would have liked to. And the ATM scene. Honestly, there weren’t many events over the course of the film, but they I felt like I was with her, all the time, especially because even the pace isn’t fast, it felt like rushing along with her, in the best way possible.
Greta Gerwig is marvellous – she’s beautiful, enthralling and very believable in her role. Whatever she does, it’s captivating – whether dances or has dinner with others or has a cigarette. Combined with Baumbach’s subtle direction, the mistakes, mostly the shaky narrative, are forgivable. Half–way through Frances Ha I forgot the lack of colour entirely and when I think back, I see everything in my own colours. I’m not going to moan about modern black and white anymore, as this feeling is really very exciting and definitely unique.
Directed by Noah Baumbach, written by Baumbach and Greta Gerwig Starring Gerwig, Mickey Sumner and Adam Driver, plays 86 minutes