Directed by Noah Baumbach
Cornerhouse, 28 July 2013
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.