FRANCES HA. Starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner. Directed by Noah Baumbach. 86 minutes. Rated MA 15+ (Strong coarse language).
Greta Gerwig, who co-wrote the screenplay with Noah Baumbach, (The Squid and the Whale). Greenberg), is Frances Halliday. It is at the end, when Frances finally puts her name in the slot for her new apartment, it is too small and she bends it: Frances Ha.
This is a brief and generally lively portrait of a young woman who has not found her place in life. At college, she makes a best friend, her other half, Sophie. They talk intimately, share everything. But it cannot last, and Sophie moves apartment, becomes engaged and moves to Tokyo. Meanwhile, Frances bumbles about, wanting to join a dance company, making faux pas galore, rushing off to a futile weekend in Paris. Basically, she is a nice person but just needs the right encouragement to settle down.
Greta Gerwig (Greenberg, Damsels in Distress, To Rome with Love) makes the character of Frances her own.
Fr Peter Malone MSC is an associate of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting.
August 15 2013.