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Frances Ha
Dir: Noam Baumbach
Narrative Feature
USA, 2012

Frances Ha had it's Bay Area premiere at SFIFF56 and will open May 24 at select Landmark Theaters and Rafael Film Center.


Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig at the premiere of FRANCES HA at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival. Photographed by Pamela Gentile.

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig at the premiere of FRANCES HA at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival. Photographed by Pamela Gentile.

Frances Ha begins pleasantly enough, but it isn’t until our scattershot heroine sets out on a hilarious, borderline slapstick quest for an ATM machine while in the midst of a platonic dinner date that it really takes off. From there, the picture begins to blossom like a multicolored flower (all the more impressive considering Frances is living in a black-and-white world). Frances is both sloppy and adorable, annoying and endearing. At 27, she’s technically an adult, yet she nonetheless comes across as the gawky adolescent sister you trust will one day figure things out, though that day won’t come for a long time. Because of this, the noticeable lack of sexual content — this movie is about modern 20-somethings in NYC, after all, and yet we see nary a kiss from Frances — doesn’t feel like an omission; considering the protagonist, it feels somehow appropriate.
— Michael Tully, Hammer to Nail