Frances Ha

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. Frances Ha is a modern comic fable that explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption.

Directed by: Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg)

Starring: Greta Gerwig

Running time: 1 hour 26 mins

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Show time is 7:15 pm. Let’s gather 15–20 mins beforehand then find seats. Afterwards, we can drive over to Falls Tap Room at 5009 Falls of Neuse Rd (less than 2 miles away) for food/drink/conversation.

 

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  • Beverly S.

    Frances was already at an age which was too old to be accepted into a dance company. Being a choreographer is more of a realistic profession for her at this stage in her life.

    June 10, 2013

  • John L.

    Jenny’s word “acceptance” is perfect. My sense of Frances' original, courageous refusal to take the job was that she still wanted to be a dancer and that if she couldn't dance with this company she wouldn't take a desk job, but try to make it as a dancer. But, being a dancer didn't work out. So she went to a plan B. Choreography. This is akin to Bull Durham and Crash's painful realizing that he won't make the major league as a player. He accepts a Plan B: to be a coach. In Frances' scene with the director of the dance troupe, who won't hire her as a dancer, the director laid out a Plan B: "Work here to pay the bills because you won't get paid to be a dancer. But, if you accept Plan B you can be a good choreographer (and still dance). Plan B is where you can share her talent with the world." Like Crash, she must give up Plan A to find her real path, B. She must accept that Plan A won’t work, but finds fulfillment and success in accepting plan B.

    June 10, 2013

  • Susanne

    Okay, so at the end, she appears in a spacious apartment, presumably her own. Did I miss something? I didn't see her get a job. In Brooklyn that place would cost at least $[masked] a month.

    June 9, 2013

    • John L.

      There's a brief scene revealing that she took the job as the assistant in the dance company. She also began her own dance company. As to the apartment, that may be a stretch financially.

      June 10, 2013

    • Susanne

      Beginning your own dance company costs money rather than pays money!

      1 · June 10, 2013

  • Jenny

    I totally got that too, Miri - very cool. I like the word "acceptance", though, a bit better than negotiation. Truly appreciating and being good with what life is offering. :)

    June 10, 2013

  • Miri

    I had a slightly different opinion of the conclusion of this film. Frances' redemption was manifested by her stubborn refusal to, quirkiness of style aside, sell out; vis-a-vis her unflailing commitment to her best friend despite Sophie's arguable choice of a marriage mate; her touchingly courageous point blank turn down of the dance Co. office job. In the end? She negotiated herself back into the game called working life- hence she wound up taking the paper pushing job in order to qualify to work in the field she'd wanted to to begin with; Contemporary Dance Choreographer.
    It's all about negotiating and Frances learned to do it- in the end.

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • John L.

    The movie was well written and beautifully acted. Would be a fun one to DVD so you could replay some of the scenes to catch nuances. Lots of fun at the restaurant afterwards.

    June 9, 2013

    • Miri

      I agree with you about revisiting this film on DVD for the reason you suggest. A very fun film. Thanks to all.

      June 9, 2013

    • John L.

      Glad to see that I'm not the only one who likes to replay scenes to enjoy what can be so ephemeral, yet revealing, in movies. Would that we could do that in our daily lives.

      June 10, 2013

  • Colleen

    She started her own choreography company.

    June 9, 2013

  • susan

    Good review & write up on 'France' in the Indy 6/5 edition.

    June 9, 2013

  • Beverly S.

    Enjoyed my first movie outing. Loved the movie!

    June 9, 2013

  • Hilton F.

    nice movie

    June 8, 2013

  • Shawna

    I had a great time. I enjoyed the movie and seeing everybody!

    June 8, 2013

  • susan

    Loved it!

    June 8, 2013

  • Vicki S.

    Enjoyed the movie. Good choice. Theater was a long drive for me. Too many attendees for focused conversation. Overall glad I went.

    June 8, 2013

  • susan

    may bring a friend. just read about this movie and just found this group.

    June 8, 2013

  • Caroline

    thanks Shawna

    June 7, 2013

  • Shawna

    Reminder: The Colony accepts cash only. Tickets are $8.50.

    June 6, 2013

  • Jacqui

    I really wanted to see this as well but I already have plans that night. Might set up a 2nd viewing one weeknight later... Elizabeth, which weeknights are good for you after the 10th?

    June 2, 2013

    • Elizabeth J.

      Well, I'm afraid I'm headed out of town on Saturday and won't be back until the 22nd.

      June 2, 2013

    • Jacqui

      Have fun!

      June 3, 2013

  • Catie

    wow...Raleigh. anyone driving from CH/Cboro and willing to take a passenger?

    June 2, 2013

  • John L.

    Now this looks like fun.

    June 2, 2013

  • Beverly S.

    Looking forward to my first movie get together!

    June 2, 2013

  • Elizabeth J.

    I'm dying to see this movie but will be out of town that night.

    May 31, 2013

  • Miri

    Can't wait to see this one :)

    May 31, 2013

  • Nancy A.

    Belmont Stakes day $$

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In NYC that weekend. Sounds like a great film.

    May 31, 2013

  • Saee N.

    I've been really looking forward to watching this Noah Baumbach film. Really thankful to the group for arranging this screening! :)

    May 31, 2013

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