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Frances Ha

Directed by Noah Baumbach

USA, 2012

Cornerhouse, 28 July 2013

Frances Ha

Another chick flick, but a good one this time out.

Greta Gerwig is the difference; she co-wrote the film and gives a fine performance in the title role.  Frances is a wannabe dancer looking to find her way in life, forge a career.  She flits from flat to flat, even journeying to Paris with Proust (not Aragon: a significant, symptomatic detail) under her arm.  This flying visit, pretty useless since she doesn’t even go to the Louvre, is the clincher: she needs to get herself sorted.

Anyway, Frances comes out OK in the end and finds a path of her own.  People have been looking out for her, a great discovery.  She won’t have to get married or convert to Catholicism to survive in the world.  And that’s a result in anyone’s book.