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Frances Ha (2012)

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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 the possibility of realizing them dwindles.

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Noah Baumbach
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Gerwig ... Frances
Mickey Sumner ... Sophie
Michael Esper ... Dan
Adam Driver ... Lev
Michael Zegen ... Benji
Charlotte d'Amboise Charlotte d'Amboise ... Colleen
Grace Gummer ... Rachel
Daiva Deupree Daiva Deupree ... Waitress
Isabelle McNally ... Random Girl #1
Vanessa Ray ... Random Girl #2
Justine Lupe ... Nessa
Lindsay Burdge ... Dark Haired Girl
Patrick Heusinger ... Patch
Marina Squerciati ... Waitress at Club
Christine Gerwig Christine Gerwig ... Mom
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Storyline

Frances lives in New York, but she doesn't really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she's not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren't really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. Written by IFC Films

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Rated R for sexual references and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 2013 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Frances Ha See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$137,398, 19 May 2013

Gross USA:

$4,069,826

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,955,357
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director/co-writer Noah Baumbach shot the movie in black and white to "boil it down to its barest bones," and create an immediate "history" & "a kind of instant nostalgia." See more »

Quotes

Frances: I like things that look like mistakes.
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Crazy Credits

The final end credit is: "For Harris". See more »

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Theme de la Joie de Vivre
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue
Administered by EMI Music Publishing France
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Frances Hmmm...

Can't really decide how I feel about this film. It was somewhat intriguing, beautifully shot (in black and white), and the lead character was perfectly cast. I love quirky characters in independent movies, but most of the time I couldn't decide if Frances was incredibly endearing or incredibly annoying. Immature, yes. Quirky, yes. Childlike, yes.

I didn't by any means hate this movie, but I did not love it as much as others. It is a film like no other, and worth a watch, but it left me feeling ambivalent. There was really no plot, which made sense because Frances didn't really seem to have any clearcut goals or ambitions (other than being a dancer, which wasn't ever going to happen). She lived moment by moment and the film took us on her journeys even though I am not sure they served much of a purpose.


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