How do you get moviegoers to fall back in love with the oft overused and under-executed trope of the coming-of-age story about a twenty-something girl finding herself in the romantic Big Apple setting? Frances Ha, that’s how. It’s not just the black-and-white aesthetic, wisely used by director Noah Baumbach, that instantly hearkens to images and thoughts of Woody Allen’s as-good-as-it-gets classic Manhattan that does the trick, though. The fitting use of David Bowie‘s timeless “Modern Love” doesn’t hurt, either.
It’s also the funny, effective, smart performances by the film’s talented batch of underrated indie stars like Adam Driver (Girls), Grace Gummer, and the sweet dramedy’s leading lady and co-writer Greta Gerwig (Gerwig and Baumbach penned the script together). Frances Ha, which earned raves on the film festival circuit last year, is a dreamy, yet edgy love letter to New York City and those who attempt to make it there.
Watch the trailer for the film, which opens in theaters on May 17, and prepare to fall in love with the movies and love and New York City all over again.
[Photo credit: IFC Films]