Saturday, January 25, 2014

Frances Ha (2012)

Director: Noah Baumbach
Writers:  Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig
Cast:       Greta Gerwig, Mickey Summer, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen

Frances shares an apartment with Sophie, her best friend, as she tries to make it as a dancer in New-York. As she describes their relationship in the film, they are like a lesbian couple who don't have sex anymore. Film is shot in black and white and it is really like a quirky Woody Allen film.

It is interesting to compare the film with 'Inside Llewyn Davis'. Both tell the story of a struggling artist but deals it in the complete opposite manner. Coens have their protagonist as a jerk whereas Frances is really a nice gal who cares about others. Llewyn's friends are kind of hostile to him while Frances gets some sort of support from her acquaintances. Llewyn wants to never compromise and Frances kind of does it at the end. Both films have their place and I loved both of them. The scene where she dances to David Bowie's 'Modern Love' in the streets of New-York reminded me of a similar scene in Leos Carax's   'Mauvais Sang' with Denis Lavant doing the same in Paris.

Rating: 4.5/5