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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frances
... Sophie
... Dan
... Lev
... Benji
Charlotte d'Amboise ... Colleen
... Rachel
Daiva Deupree ... Waitress
... Random Girl #1
... Random Girl #2
... Nessa
... Dark Haired Girl
... Patch
... Waitress at Club
Christine Gerwig ... Mom


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 August 2013 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Милая Фрэнсис  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$137,398, 19 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,063,238, 6 September 2013
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Greta Gerwig was raised as a Unitarian Universalist and there's a scene in the film with Greta and her real-life parents that features a visit to the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento church that she and her family grew up attending. See more »


Sophie: [about Patch] He's a nice guy... for today.
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Crazy Credits

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


References Puss in Boots (2011) See more »


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Written and Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Music
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An 86-minute insight into the life of a pretentious, shallow group of people
8 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

I had high hopes for this movie, I really did. We ended up seeing it because Blue Jasmine wasn't showing anymore, which seemed like a natural choice since Frances Ha was being touted as a a'modern Woody Allen-movie' http://goo.gl/0sHCY2 (which in itself is a stupid classification since many of Allen's movies are timeless, but whatever).

What I expected was a thoughtful display into the inner life of an interesting person dealing with existential dilemmas (who am I when I'm all alone? How do my friends define me? How can I decide on which values in life broaden rather than cheapen it?), but instead found a group of pretentious people talking past each other.

Seriously, I couldn't find a single honest conversation in this entire movie, which sort of ruins the whole emphasis on dialogue. By 'honest' conversation I mean the actual investment of feeling into the words coming out of the mouths of the people maintaining the conversation, a good example of the opposite is this:

"You're my best friend"


"I'm moving out"

"I can't get this ring off of my finger"

Which is more or less taken directly out of a scene on the subway in Frances Ha. People might say this movie is 'quirky', 'fun' and 'well-written', and it might have some trace of all those characteristics, but in the end (for me, anyway) none of that matters when there isn't a trace of honesty left - who would want to watch a shallow, uninteresting, self-centered person experience random stuff for 1 hour and 24 minutes?

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