Noah Baumbach’s latest film Frances Ha received almost universal acclaim coming out of Telluride and TIFF last year, but still seemed to go under the radar when all was said and done. The fact that it was shot in black-and-white will probably limit its commercial appeal, which is unfortunate because in my opinion it’s the best thing that Baumbach has done since The Squid and the Whale. The good news is that IFC picked up the movie and will give it a small theatrical release this summer as a welcome counterpoint to all the mega-blockbusters.
The movie stars Greta Gerwig as Frances, a twenty-something slacker living in Brooklyn who wants to become a dancer but is currently falling short of that goal. When she and her best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner) start to drift apart, she sets out on a journey of self-discovery. Gerwig previously co-starred in Baumbach’s Greenberg, but here she makes for a very charming and likeable lead (somewhat uncommon for Baumbach). The movie is also more than a little reminiscent of Lena Dunham’s Girls, and not just because it is set in New York and happens to co-star Adam Driver. Frances Ha hits select theatres on May 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.