Previously at the ICA - Films
30 Aug 2015
Frances (Greta Gerwig, To Rome With Love), a somewhat disorganised second stringer in a struggling New York ballet company, shares a quirky sense of humour and an apartment with best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner, The Borgias).
When Sophie moves in with her boyfriend, Frances can't cover the rent, and so begins an awkward odyssey of fleeting friendships and sofa-surfing during which her eccentricity and well-meant pratfalls proliferate. A lonely weekend in Paris proves a nadir for the self-confessed ‘undateable' 28-year-old, from which the only way is up, albeit with wryly unpredictable consequences.
Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, also with Gerwig) shot this moving, often toe-curlingly funny tale in monochrome, which somehow lends his clever, wordy narrative added resonance, and Gerwig's and Sumner's subtle yet spirited performances amply justify their critical acclaim as rising stars.
Frances Ha, dir. Noah Baumbach, USA 2012, 86 mins