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|Laufzeit:||Approx. 86 min.|
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Frances (Greta Gerwig) loves to enjoy life in her small New York apartment with her best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner), to talk about men, love and life itself. And when she's not with Sophie at the moment, she follows her other great passion: dancing. But since Frances can only dance badly and really well, she is not taken over by her company for the big Christmas tour. Then the relationship with her boyfriend breaks down and Sophie wants to move into another apartment. No job, no boyfriend, no apartment - can life get any worse? When she meets the unadjusted Benji (Michael Zegen), everything seems to turn for the better. But this encounter is only the beginning of an odyssey that leads Frances from apartment to apartment and from job to job. She seems to lose her real goals and desires more and more from her eyes, not knowing that she is just about to find herself…
"Frances Ha" is after "Greenberg" the second collaboration between director Noah Baumbach and actress Greta Gerwig, who also worked on the script here. The witty portrait of a neurotic woman in her late twenties in New York, with its black-and-white appearance alone, evokes memories of Woody Allen's early films. But the dialogues of "Frances Ha" usually lack the cleverness that has made films like "Manhattan" timeless classics. Rather, the conversations Frances has with her friends are more reminiscent of than Lena Dunham's award-winning series "Girls". As in this series, in Baumbach's comedy young people from the urban middle class are at the centre of the action, who are often slightly mockingly referred to as hipsters because of their seemingly somewhat striving lack of conformity. This non-conformity is troubling because it has long since become a widespread movement again with its own conventions, which thereby transforms itself back into a certain conformity.
And exactly this applies to "Frances Ha" as well. The film tries to play outside the norm, but clearly follows the rules of American independent cinema. Greta Gerwig's Frances Ha is very reminiscent of the character she recently played in "Lola against the rest of the world", although Frances is even more neurotic than the relationship-damaged Lola. Thanks to Gerwig's game Frances is extremely charming, but runs the risk that her screaming "Find me wonderful" flippancy won't have this effect with all viewers and that, similar to Sally Hawkins in "Happy-go-lucky", there will be many who won't find Frances charming, but just exhausting. Because let's be honest: even if you could fall in love with a person like Frances in the movie, with a chaotic and yet very egocentric person like her, you would probably only be friends for a very short time in real life.
But luckily life in the cinema is banished to the outside when the lights go out and so you can also find things enchanting here that you would get terribly upset about in everyday life. But you have to succeed to like "Frances Ha". You have to succumb to the charm of Greta Gerwig in order to get its amusing and warm-hearted sides out of the film. Then the good timing of the dialogues and the many small amusing details that can be found in the play and the facial expressions of the actors, in the equipment and in the music selection are revealed. Here the comedy turns out to be an extremely well observed portrait of generations, which takes the worries and hardships of its protagonists quite seriously, but filters them through refreshing light-footedness and in the end doesn't reach frustration, but hope and a good mood.
Whoever likes movies like "Manhattan", "Oh Boy" or the series "Girls", will surely be enchanted by Greta Gerwig's dancing Frances and thus fall for the charm of this little indie comedy. But if you don't succeed, Frances will find her self-discovery trip rather annoying and extremely irrelevant. Therefore there is the more than deserved "worth seeing" also only with small compromises!
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