4.5/5 - If there's movie this decade with a stronger sense of joie de vivre than Frances Ha, I've yet to see it. This is my first cinematic detour into Baumbach Ave. and the naturalistic-quirkiness/Chaplinesque-bursts-of-audiovisual-expressionism tag team him and Gerwig use to build the character of Frances feels so well realized, it's a crime to try to describe it in the flat textual boredom of a quick Mubi review.
This movie feels like a shelter to our own reflexions, when nobody seems to understand us and anything happens as we want. We feel lost just like Frances, we try to search for a purpose, fail and proceed again. This is life, the life of Frances, our lives, the feeling of not belonging anywhere and being lost, but dealing with it by enjoying life without worries and living one day at a time.[i'm not a real person yet]
Title may be a reference to Funny Ha Ha. Frances is like a version of Funny’s Marnie with better boy sense & her shit fractionally more in order. I struggle with a vision of working class plight where Gerwig sautés down streets & holidays in Paris. But it's refreshing to see a film where energy & ennui aren't opposites. & kudos to J. Lame, who edits Frances' life in the spirit of a dance she might one day choreograph
I'm a sucker for films with genuine chemistry and dynamic between 20 somethings, regularly artist (or so-called artist) students that are just struggling to find out answers about their own identities, future, etc. The relationships and atmosphere surrounding them just build this feeling of confort and empathy through out the film which makes it so worth watching... But few do it well, Frances Ha does it perfectly.