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
View Trailer (http://www.ifcfilms.com/videos/frances-ha-trailer)
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.
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.