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Frances Ha (DVD)

Frances Ha (DVD)

Star – Greta Gerwig
Genre – Comedy
Run Time – 90 minutes
Certificate – 15
Country – USA
Golden Globes – 1 nomination
Awards – 1 Wins & 47 Nominations
Amazon – £9.65 DVD £9.56 Blue Ray
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So Francs Ha, the latest from director Noah Baumbach, starring the rather gauche starlet Greta Gerwig, his then (and I presume now) girlfriend. It’s the usual low/mid budget indie style from Baumback and was shot as low-key and covertly as possible on New York City streets for authenticity and energy, more than a dash of Woody Allen to his work in that familiar world of Brooklyn Jewish American hipsters. The big clue for Greta Gerwig that she is a relationship with the director is both h and the camera loves her as she is in every scene of the movie. I like this guy’s movies but you can’t have an actor in every scene of a comedy.

Cast

• Greta Gerwig as Frances Halladay
• Mickey Sumner as Sophie Levee
• Charlotte d'Amboise as Colleen
• Adam Driver as Lev Shapiro
• Michael Esper as Dan
• Grace Gummer as Rachel
• Patrick Heusinger as Reade "Patch" Krause
• Josh Hamilton as Andy
• Maya Kazan as Caroline
• Justine Lupe as Nessa
• Britta Phillips as Nadia
• Juliet Rylance as Janelle
• Dean Wareham as Spencer
• Michael Zegen as Benji
Plot

Twentysomething Social butterfly Frances Halladay (Greta Gerwig) is a dancer and a dreamer who lives with her best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner) in Brooklyn and flutters around the city in a world of her own. The two are as tight as can be and, as Frances puts it,’often mistaken for a lesbian couple who have stopped having sex together’. When Sophie decides she wants to relocate to her dream Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca, Frances is unable to afford it and is forced to find somewhere else to live, sadness for them both.

Frances moves to Chinatown,, where she shares an apartment with her new hipster friends Lev (Adam Driver) and Benji (Michael Zegen) for a bit. She also breaks up with her boyfriend Dan (Michael Esper), who she turns down the chance to move in with. Frances is beginning to lose touch with Sophie who is contemplating a move to Japan with her city trader boyfriend Reade "Patch" Krause (Patrick Heusinger).

Her time in China Town is up when she fails to secure dancing work for the Christmas show with her modern dance company. She needs to decide what to do with her career and decides to go home and see her parents for Christmas in her hometown of Sacramento, California, reconnecting with high school friends in the process, ending up waitressing at her old college. Plan B is to go to Paris for the weekend on a whim - and a credit card – and that doesn’t work either at clearing her cluttered mind. What does a girl do when she is 28 and still living off the hopes and dreams of a carefree 18-year-old but a broke 28-year-old currently living back with mom?

Results


Just 1 win from 47 film festival and award nominations sums up the film. Its good but you can have too much of good thing and that’s the real problem here. Greta Gerwig in every scene gets annoying by half-way and kills the enjoyably impact of the movie. The writing is sharp and sassy in places and I did giggle away more than normal but it began to grate. In fact its one of the funniest and intelligently written female characters for a while and this film will certainly appeal more to women than men. You just don’t see females written this way. It’s worth watching just for that.

Its pseudo low budget stuff shot in black & white to up the cool hipster draw and the characters in the film are probably the types that pitched up at the pokey art house NY independent cinemas to see this, taking $11 million from its declared $11 million budget.

Frances' parents are played by Greta Gerwig's real-life parents in the film and Baumbach said he shot the movie in black and white to 'boil it down to its barest bones' and create an immediate "history" and "a kind of instant nostalgia.' That’s not the last irritant trope in the movie. The characters are presumably pretentious for comic effect and one of those movies where everyone has cool jobs but never actually go to them and so have plenty of free time to do other cool things. That’s also annoying. Those people exist in movies but nowhere else.

As I say it’s an above average quirky smart comedy and will appeal to women. Gerwig’s character explores that personal quirkiness and fragility of women we often don’t see in film. It’s a comedy about that moment for all of us when we have to let go of our dreams as we are not that person anymore and should start thinking about being the person we are now and settling for what we have and go from there. If you are over 30 the person and situation you are now is going to be the person you are from now on in.


RATINGS


Imdb.com – 7.4 /10.0 (48,546 votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 93% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 82% critic’s approval

Trailer

http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3148457497?playlistId=tt2347569&ref_=tt_ov_vi

Special Features

-Behind the Scenes-

Bit annoying stuff.


-Deleted Scenes –

A Few…


-Gallery-

Critics


Sight & Sounds –‘The thoughtfulness and commitment of Gerwig's performance in its shifts from chaotic exuberance to rigorous rehearsal suggest that she is the more interesting artist to watch’

Independent –‘Gerwig superbly incarnates the contradictions of this insecure woman’.

Chicago Sun Times –‘As Frances literally dances her way through the streets of New York, you can't help smiling and knowing she will be OK. She will figure out how to be the adult she was meant to be’.

Daily Telegraph –‘It's about a specific time in life, when the sudden stampede to self-definition can make people seem cruel, crazy or resentful.’Washington Post –‘ Writing with Gerwig, Baumbach has created a fey, sneakily charming generational touchstone on a par with Annie Hall and his own Gen Y col-grad comedy Kicking and Screaming’.

Philadelphia Weekly –‘The camera loves her. Probably because the director does, tool’

Movie Metropolis –‘(Gerwig's) willingness to hold absolutely nothing back deserves mad respect and can't help but make a viewer feel guilty for finding it all quite exasperating’.

The Mail-‘Game and not a self-promoting booster, always slightly outside the loop, the title character accepts what is dealt without complaint or anger’..
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Product Details

Classification: 12 years and over

DVD Region: DVD

Actor(s): Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Michael Esper, Adam Driver, Charlotte d'Amboise

Production Year: 2012

Director(s): Noah Baumbach

EAN: 5055002558603

Main Language: English

Video Category: Feature Film

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