FRANCES HA (15)
D: Noah Baumbach
IFC/RT Features/Pine District (Scott Rudin, Noah Baumbach, Lila Yacoub & Rodrigo Teixeira)
USA 🇺🇸 2013
W: Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig
DP: Sam Levy
Ed: Jennifer Lame
Greta Gerwig (Frances Halladay), Mickey Sumner (Sophie Levee), Charlotte d'Ambroise (Colleen), Adam Driver (Lev Shapiro), Michael Esper (Dan), Grace Gummer (Rachel)
This 2013 black & white independent film serves its purpose in the respect that it provided a breakthrough for lead actress and co-writer Greta Gerwig, who went on to feature as a supporting actress in several films since before marking her own directorial debut with 2017's Lady Bird (qv), of which the storyline of Frances Ha has some similarities.
When her roommate moves to a trendier neighbourhood in New York, unemployed dancer Frances Halladay is left bouncing between crashing at her friends' apartments and staying at her parents in Sacramento, in between an ill-thought out trip to Paris on a maxed out credit card.
It's all a bit of a shaggy dog story which doesn't have much resolution, but it's an easy watch with its low key style and good performances.