The first trailer has at last arrived for Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, starring the wonderful Greta Gerwig (Damsels in Distress), which debuted to rave reviews at Telluride late last year. Shot in black-and-white, the film follows a 27-year-old New York woman, Frances (Gerwig), who aspires to be a dancer despite the increasing improbability of that dream. When her best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner) decides to move out of their apartment, Frances is forced to figure out how to live her life. Baumbach is known for his difficult characters and depressing situations (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg), but this trailer — backed by David Bowie’s ‘Modern Love’ — promises his most upbeat and accessible work yet; perhaps even his own Manhattan. This is no doubt thanks in part to the influence of real-life partner and co-writer Gerwig, who looks to give her best performance yet, and I sincerely hope this unique little film finds its way to our corner of the globe soon.
Frances Ha opens May 17 in the US; no word on a NZ release at this stage. Check out the trailer and poster below.