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Frances Ha

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Greta Gerwig is radiant as a woman in her late twenties in contemporary New York, trying to sort out her ambitions, her finances, and, above all, her tight but changing bond with her best friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner). Frances Ha gets at both the frustrations and the joys of being young and unsure of where to go next.
Title: Frances Ha
[videorecording (Blu-ray + DVD)]
Edition: Director-approved dual-format Blu-Ray and DVD special edition.
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray disc (approximately 86 minutes) :,sound, black & white ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 DVD (4 3/4 in)
DVD, video file, DVD video, Region 1, rda
Blu-Ray, video file, Blu-Ray, Region A, rda
laser optical, NTSC, rda
DVD, digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
Blu-Ray, digital, optical, surround, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, rda
4 3/4 in., rda
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: All content and special features available on both Blu-Ray and DVD discs.
Special features: New conversation between film maker Peter Bodganovich and Baumbach; New conversation between actor and filmmaker Sarah Polley and the film's cowriter and star, Greta Gerwig; New conversation about the look of Frances Ha between Baumbach, director of photography Sam Levy, and Pascal Dangin, who did the film's color mastering; Trailer.
Production notes and essay "The Green Girl" by playwright Annie Baker are included in container insert.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Summary: Greta Gerwig is radiant as a woman in her late twenties in contemporary New York, trying to sort out her ambitions, her finances, and, above all, her tight but changing bond with her best friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner). Frances Ha gets at both the frustrations and the joys of being young and unsure of where to go next.
Audience: MPAA rating R, for sexual references and language.
ISBN: 1604657863
9781604657869
Statement of Responsibility: IFC Films and RT Features present ; a Pine District Pictures/Scott Rudin production ; a Noah Baumbach picture ; produced by Noah Baumbach, Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub, Rodrigo Teixeira ; written by Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig ; directed by Noah Baumbach
Distributor: [New York] :, Distributed by Criterion Collection,, [2013]
Credits: Director of photography, Sam Levy ; editor, Jennifer Lame.
Performers: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Charlotte D'Amboise, Adam Driver.
System Details: DVD: DVD, NTSC region 1, high definition widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; 5.1 Dolby Digital surround.
Blu-ray: Blu-ray, region A, high definition widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, requires Blu-ray player.
Other Language: In English; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH).
Subject Headings: Female friendship Drama. Women New York (State) New York Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Fiction films.
Comedy films.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Female friendship
Women
Publisher No: 681
0715515111218
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Jul 21, 2014
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A good film about what it means to be a happy-for-the-most-part young, independent woman in urban America. Frances deals with all the minor power struggles, vaguely disloyal friends, apartment hopping, job hopping, and "where's the money coming from?" insecurities that are part of life. This movie proves it can be done while holding to ones values, and -- provided one is willing to make a few compromises -- done with aplomb. The film does drag a bit in places, and goes out of its way to portray some disturbing truths. Still, overall, recommended

Jun 03, 2014
  • mikeyj rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It inhabits the same world as the best Allen movies, and manages to come off more natural and lighthearted through the acting, despite its mostly melancholy plot.

We really loved it, and felt it was one of the most timeless and re-watchable movies we'd seen in a while.

May 28, 2014
  • epotter8811 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found "Frances Ha" charming if a little awkward much like the main character herself. It's definitely not the first film to tackle the wistful and confusing years of twenties adulthood, but it does it with warmth, gorgeous black and white, and a winning leading lady in Greta Gerwig. As one commenter said, it feels a bit like an homage to Woody Allen, but it's enjoyable in its own right.

May 03, 2014
  • LorriePaige rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have an idealistic view toward friendship, especially best friends. My idea of friendship is similar to Aristotle's writings on Friendship. But best friends--BFFs--for me goes even further and is really like a marriage without the sex.

In this brilliant film, Frances Ha, I have imagined this type of friendship in my mind, dreamed about it, fantasized about it but I could never find an illustration of my idea of genuine friendship that is outside of my head--until now!

The film, Frances Ha, centers on two female BFFs. Strong female relationships are rarely featured in film and even more seldom are they accurately portrayed. This film showcases a very honest female friendship, free of love triangles and cattiness. Also in the film, the female relationship changes, but, like in real friendships, it is important to accept that change is okay. A friendship can evolve, and perhaps lessen in intensity, but it can survive nonetheless. Frances Ha attest to this fact, highlighting the natural maturation of the women involved and how they must learn to accept change in one another. It’s cool to be "different girls with different hair"—to survive the natural ebbs and flows of friendship.

So, with this Frances Ha, I have finally found the epitome of my idea of real best friendships.

Frances Ha is perfect. If you have a best friend, you'll see what I mean.

A must-see.

Sadly, this is a dud. The movie wants to be funny and poignant but is neither. Even the fine Greta Gerwig and Adam Driver can't save this lackluster tale. Bottom line: Uninspired.

Mar 23, 2014
  • gvlee rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This is neither wry nor sparkling (see catalogue description). The acting is often stiff and the dialogue stilted, although it does improve as the film progresses. Although the character of Frances is a dancer, the actress who plays her clearly is NOT. The film is supposed to be of the indie genre, but instead it just comes off as amateurish. Don't waste your time.

Mar 16, 2014
  • PersephoneC rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A refreshing look at a beautiful young woman who runs and jumps through the streets of the city instead of teetering on stilettos.

Mar 10, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An interesting case study of a single 27 year from Sacramento facing significant emotional and financial challenges to make it alone as a dancer in NYC after her best friend moved away with boyfriend.

Are we sure this wasn't a Woody Allen film? A likeable, fay young woman just wants to find her way in the world and capture a true connection with someone.

Feb 23, 2014
  • NightGoat72 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I really can't stand Noah Baumbach's films. This dull mess didn't help. Just watch the brilliant "Girls" instead; it does everything this tries to do, but a hell of a lot better and with a lot more honesty. This just came off like an aging man feigning an understanding of modern youth while having a lot of French New Wave on his mind.

To say the least, I was underwhelmed.

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May 03, 2014
  • LorriePaige rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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May 03, 2014
  • LorriePaige rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It's that thing when you're with someone, and you love them and they know it, and they love you and you know it... but it's a party... and you're both talking to other people, and you're laughing and shining... and you look across the room and catch each other's eyes... but - but not because you're possessive, or it's precisely sexual... but because... that is your person in this life. And it's funny and sad, but only because this life will end, and it's this secret world that exists right there in public, unnoticed, that no one else knows about. It's sort of like how they say that other dimensions exist all around us, but we don't have the ability to perceive them. That's - That's what I want out of a relationship. Or just life, I guess."

Mar 10, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Frances: It's that thing when you're with someone, and you love them and they know it, and they love you and you know it... but it's a party... and you're both talking to other people, and you're laughing and shining... and you look across the room and catch each others eyes... but - but not because you're possessive, or it's precisely sexual... but because... that is your person in this life. And it's funny and sad, but only because this life will end, and it's this secret world that exists right there in public, unnoticed, that no one else knows about. It's sort of like how they say that other dimensions exist all around us, but we don't have the ability to perceive them. That's - That's what I want out of a relationship. Or just life, I guess.

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May 03, 2014
  • LorriePaige rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frances Ha

A story that follows 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 their possible reality dwindles.

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