Monday, May 27, 2013

Francis Ha: What's in a Name?

Greta Gherig (right) has made a career out of being an awkward, somewhat off, 20-something. And that's who she is in this movie, shot in black and white in New York City. She's 27 in the film and hasn't moved on from her college persona. She wears just-out-of-the-laundry-basket clothes, apparently hasn't seen a comb in 10 years and is on the verge of homeless, if not for her parents and friends.

She makes lame-brained decisions and impulsive, idiotic plans. In other words she's a hot mess.

Francis Ha is a coming-of-age movie of sorts and mildly entertaining if you can get past the idea that this galumph is a dancer. Reality check: she can hardly walk.

Still, there are some enjoyable scenes, including a dance she choreographs as well as the very last take.

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