Date Screened: 31st March 2014


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.

DIRECTOR: Noah Baumbach

Greta Gerwig , Mickey Sumner , Adam Driver

RUNNING TIME: 86 minutes


COUNTRY: United States

BBFC RATING: 15 (Click here for the full classification report)

Reaction Index Score: 71%

Official Trailer


The Guardian logo
Gerwig is in every scene and she dominates the movie. There’s little doubt that many people will find her insufferable, and almost everyone will experience moments of acute discomfort. But this is a wonderful performance that never becomes ingratiating. She’s on a journey, as everyone says nowadays, but it’s uncertain whether she’s in search of herself or on a flight from reality … Click here for the full review
Frances Ha has the joy of slightness — of being a non-definitive slice of its heroine’s life, more a passing shower of surmountable disappointments. If films were gestures, this one would be a perfectly timed shrug, with the smile to match … Click here for the full review

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Although the monochrome photography will invite comparisons with Manhattan, Frances Ha is closer in spirit to Godard than Woody Allen. Anchored by a charming performance from Greta Gerwig, it’s as light and breezy as a walk in Central Park, and just as refreshing … Click here for the full review and rating
Charming, poignant and often very funny, Baumbach and Gerwig’s latest collaboration is a joyous portrait of an unformed personality that should strike chords of recognition in all who watch it … Click here for the full review and rating
Frances Ha, like Frances herself, is genial, charming and only occasionally prone to outbursts that might discomfit the viewer. While its New York locations, hipster milieu and sex comedy suggest vintage Woody Allen-ish ambitions, its lack of grounding in the present moment (aside from ubiquitous iPhones) leaves it feeling inconsequential … Click here for the full review