Sunday, June 02, 2013

Frances Ha

    Written by Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Greta Gerwig, this charming Indie could easily have been the love child of Woody Allen and Lena Dunham. 

     Beautifully shot in black & white, with a wonderful score and soundtrack, the film brings to mind the mid-career cerebral comedies of Mr. Allen. It's story of a mid-twenties single woman struggling to find her way in New York will also bring to mind Ms. Dunham's HBO darling, "Girls". Regardless of the two comparisons, Mr. Baumbach and Ms. Gerwig find their own rhythm and originality in their interpretation of young adult life in New York. 

     What also sets it apart is the appeal of Ms. Gerwig character, Frances, who remains ever the optimist, despite life's little setbacks. Co-starring as Frances's best friend Sophie is Mickey Sumner (daughter of musician, Sting). Their relationship is the backbone of the film and it supports the story with strength and honesty.  Also in supporting roles are Adam Driver and Grace Gummer, both enhancing their Indie credibility. 

     The film is funny and sweet and a refreshing change from the onslaught of summer blockbusters.

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