For those of you who are fans of Lena Dunham’s Girls, you may also enjoy Greta Gerwig’s Frances Ha. Frances is a story about a twenty-something year old girl struggling to express herself artistically and pay the rent, who is surrounded by an ensemble of idiosyncratic friends (including Adam Driver). Sound familiar? In my self-important opinion, Greta does Frances better in its 90 minutes than Lena does Girls in all of season 3.
Frances is quirky without calling too much attention to itself. It strikes a good balance between “totally out there weird” and the “recycled, struggling to make it in New York” cliché. At times the movie comes off as being quirky for being quirky’s sake, but it is quickly followed by perfectly cringeworthy awkward moments.
Frances Ha is another movie to be found in Netflix’s indie treasure trove. Its a quick watch and is definitely worth an hour and a half of a rainy Saturday afternoon. Frances is a movie that will leave you scratching your head as to what exactly you just watched. But in the best way possible.
Also here’s an awesome interview with Ms. Gerwig, who I may or may not be my new celebrity crush.