When you look at the films of Noah Baumbach and the early work of Greta Gerwig, it’s evident that the two share an appreciation for a very similar sort of story, filled with the same kinds of characters—people filled with a sense of ennui, not really sure what they’re supposed to be doing with their lives, meandering around yet desiring so much more. And in their new black-and-white film, Frances Ha—directed by Baumbach and co-written by he and Greta—the film feels exactly like the molding of their two sensibilities into one female-driven tale.
Telling the story of Frances, a 27-year old modern dancer with an apprenticeship but no real job after graduating from Vassar six years prior, we wander with her through her days and nights in Brooklyn while she tries to pay rent, find any hope of a love life, and maintain a friendship with her best friend who has fallen into a serious relationship.
The film premiered last fall at the Telluride Film Festival and is screening at the Berlin Film Festival currently. And without the release of a full trailer for the film yet, IFC posted a brief clip from Frances which features a snippet of a scene in which Frances is feeling particularly unhappy with herself. She’s an awkward woman and an honest woman—almost to a ridiculous extent. But she’s sensitive and passionate and here we see her in a mundane morning moment of vulnerability with her roommate.