Greta Gerwig (Frances Halladay), Mickey Sumner
(Sophie Levee), Charlotte d'Ambroise (Colleen), Adam Driver (Lev Shapiro), Michael Esper (Dan), Grace Gummer (Rachel)
This 2013 black & white independent film serves its
purpose in the respect that it provided a breakthrough for lead actress and co-writer Greta Gerwig, who went on to feature as a supporting actress in several films since before marking her own
directorial debut with 2017's Lady Bird (qv), of which the storyline of Frances Ha has some similarities.
When her roommate moves to a trendier neighbourhood in New
York, unemployed dancer Frances Halladay is left bouncing between crashing at her friends' apartments and staying at her parents in Sacramento, in between an ill-thought out trip to Paris on a
maxed out credit card.
It's all a bit of a shaggy dog story which doesn't have much
resolution, but it's an easy watch with its low key style and good performances.