Synopsis: A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles.
Release Date: May 17, 2013
Thoughts: Is Frances Ha star Greta Gerwig the Parker Posey of this generation? Gerwig has cut a nice swath for herself in the past few years with indie performances while occasionally appearing in a big-budget studio picture. Like Posey, she’s adept at playing a range of characters without making them all feel like variations of the same shtick. I still find that Posey is a more interesting actress overall but Gerwig is absolutely on the right path. Reteaming with her Greenberg director Noah Baumbach (they also collaborated on the script), Frances Ha is presented as art-house indie through and through with its B&W photography and culturally observant/oblivious dialogue. I find Baumbach and Gerwig to be hit or miss but applaud them for pushing themselves outside of the box they’ve created for themselves.