Noah Baumbach presents Frances Ha, a movie that has no bitterness. His previous works were pessimistic. Greenberg was about acerbity while The Squid and the Whale was an essay on the bitterness of divorce.
Frances Ha is all about joy. A lot of it might be courtesy of Greta Gerwig, who co-wrote and starred in the movie as the titular character. The movie tackles on post-college identity crisis. Frances (Greta Gerwig) is 27 years old who lives in Brooklyn. She works as an apprentice dancer.
All her friends are doing better than her. They have good jobs and have good apartments that they can afford. They have already settled down with their lives, which is the opposite to that of Frances. She has been losing roommates, jobs, and places to live. But she remains optimistic about her future.
Frances Ha begins with Frances living with Sophie (Mickey Summer), her college best friend. The important things to her are dancing, her boyfriend and Sophie. Then her boyfriend breaks up with her when she doesn’t want to move in with him. But shortly after, Sophie moves out and Frances has to deal with real life issues.
Frances Ha is divided into chapters as the character moves into a new apartment. There’s tension between Gerwig’s bubbly performance and Baumbach’s real world setting. Frances has to deal with dinner parties and employment. She is pushed to her limit and yet maintains a smile in her face.
Each scene of Frances Ha builds up the urgency for the heroine’s need to grow up and learn from her experiences. The tension between Frances and the real world balance out well. The ending is a surprise as things wrap up feeling that it comes from another movie. It feels like all the hard work throughout the movie is thrown out of the window in the end.