2013 has been the year of shallow movies and popcorn flicks, anything Hollywood can use to make more money and get more viewers. That being said, you can imagine the joy of finding an artistic movie that embodies the simplest, yet most delightful, things we expect when going to the movies, and that movie is Frances Ha.
Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t have an apartment. Frances works for a professional dance company, but she’s not a professional dancer. Frances doesn’t have a job. Frances has a super close best friend, but they don’t really talk anymore.
Frances Ha looks like a Woody Allen movie, full of humor, happiness, and picturesque American and Parisian scenes. And not only does the movie feel like a Woody Allen production, but director Noah Baumach actually shot it in black-and-white in homage to Allen and his cinematographer Gordon Willis. To make things better, Frances Ha is full of delightful performances, especially by Greta Gerwig (who co-wrote the script) and Michael Zegen who put a warm smile upon my face every time they had a scene together.
What’s sad nowadays is that artistic movies are the underdogs, not seen by enough people, slowly fading away, because they don’t show enough car chases and explosion. So watching a movie like Frances Ha felt good, and anyone who appreciates art and good filmmaking will enjoy this one.