It’s Friday, you’re tired, you don't need no arthouse cinema taxing your brain right now. Besides, Wolverine is playing.
We hear you. But you could do a hell of a lot worse than check out Noah Baumbach’s (The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg) new comedy at the cinema this weekend.
Frances Ha tells the story of an aspiring dancer (the film's co writer and Baumbach's girlfriend Greta Gerwig) and her unraveling relationship with her best gal pal, Sophie (played by Mickey Sumner – Sting’s daughter).
So far, so arthouse chick flick.
But Frances Ha has a lot more going for it than that. It’s a rather brilliant exploration of the death of friendship and of not knowing where you’re going while being surrounded by people who pretend they do.
It’s shot in glorious black and white and set in New York, the scene of a love in between director and city not witnessed since Woody Allen departed Manhattan. And they use Bowie's Modern Love to really make the Big Apple shine.
Frances Ha shares some common currency with HBO’s Girls, including a supporting role for Adam Driver and a similar snapshot of young Brooklyn bohemia.
And in Gerwig, there’s a hapless heroine who likes a play fight but doesn't know when enough is enough; always ends up at a cash machine that charges; likes a good drink when she shouldn't really.
Silly for sure, but also our kind of girl.