Frances Ha (2012) by Noah Baumbach
I remember getting hit with a hammer by Greta Gerwig's angelic face when I was introduced to her on screen in the very first scene of Greenberg — it was a driving sequence and her face was taking up the whole screen. She was lovely then and she’s even lovelier in Frances Ha. Actually, I dare anyone not to fall in love with her/Frances in this film.
I’ve read somewhere that Frances Ha = Girls meets Woody Allen… why not — that sounds about right to me. In any case, Baumbach and Gerwig have given us a truly wonderful film about friendship — and with all those bromance flicks going around (which I totally approve of, by the way), it’s always very refreshing when a good “femship” story hits the screen — I can’t remember when the last one was… Bridesmaid, maybe?
Mickey Sumner plays Frances’s best friend, Sophie, and I wouldn’t surprised if those two were best friends in real life… Or maybe it’s just what what good acting & good writing look like, doh.
(In passing: Frances’s parents are played by Greta’s real parents)
… Breaking news (to me, at least): right, so Mickey Sumner is actually Sting’s daughter.
[Seen @ Curzon Soho, London, 26 July 2013]