"Frances Ha" was the belle of the ball for many covering film festivals in Toronto and New York in 2012, but the film isn't scheduled to make landfall for the general public until May 17. That's too bad for those who haven't seen Noah Baumbach's newest film, if only because it's infectiously enjoyable and an early favorite to wind up as one of the best-reviewed films of 2013.
Picked up by IFC Films after its debut at the Toronto Film Festival, "Frances Ha" focuses on the title Frances (Greta Gerwig), a 27-year-old dancer coming to grips with the fact that her best friend (Mickey Sumner) is growing up without her. Scuffling for work, Frances bounces through New York (sometimes literally as you can see in the trailer above), hoping to connect with other human beings and her own identity.
"I think of my own friendships very much as love stories and maybe that's what makes them dysfunctional," Gerwig said after the film premiered at the New York Film Festival in September. "I think most women know what it's like to love their friends too much and unhealthily. I've certainly done that with my friends. I don't think it's gender specific, either. I think friendships have heartbreak that's just as big as relationship heartbreak. We just don't have any words for it. So it feels that much more isolated when it happens." Gerwig, indie It-Girl extraordinaire, co-wrote the script for "Frances Ha" with Baumbach.
Also starring Adam Driver ("Girls"), Josh Hamilton (Baumbach's "Kicking and Screaming") and Michael Zegen, "Frances Ha" is out in limited release on May 17.