The situation is all to true of this generation. I graduated the year the recession hit, so you find yourself scrapping for internships that related to your desired career and moving home with your folks. It's like those dreams when you're running towards a well lit room on the opposite side of the hall but the corridor keep getting longer and longer the faster you run. The lack of money and lack or relationship compared to your peers becomes more and more of an issue as your thirties bite at your ankles. I think they broke they skin that time... This film sees Frances battling most of the above whilst avoiding bad relationship choices, and trying to enjoy life. I tip my hat to her on both counts - I found those two a lot harder. As her and her best friend reel out the aims of their intertwined lives finishing with "SO many honorary degrees!" I couldn't help but chuckle and my own greedy desire for the same utterly pointless accolades.
I first saw actor Greta Gerwig in Greenberg. It's a hit and miss indie film with some great lines. She's amazing as Florence, while the romantic thread of the film doesn't hold up, her reality and reactions do. My soft spot for Florence almost made me wish in this film, with the same director, I'd be watching Florence Ha. Saying that, it wasn't long until I was laughing at but mainly with Frances. She answers sarcastic remarks back sincerely and says inappropriate but truthful things. I don't think it matters who you are, you'd somehow have an affinity with this character.
Frances and best friend Sophie's relationship is cosy and familiar but as you well know bubbles burst and the bathtub water gets cold
It’s the meandering nature of Frances's journey backed with its considered intent that makes it so true to life. The charm of the character being she works with the obstacles. It didn't take a film to make me realise that’s how to deal with things, it's just nice to watch a story you wholeheartedly relate to. It's a film that shows you a whole person not just the idea of a woman. It also gave me the great satisfaction of finishing exactly where I want to be in my life in both senses of the word. If I can laugh about it I'm half way there. Ha.