Frances Ha (2012)
In the last fleeting image of director Noah Baumbach's wry comedy, we learn something about Frances Ha's name that crystallizes the entire theme of the movie — that this perky but hapless twenty-seven year-old is still trying to learn who she is and her place in the world. She says she's a dancer, but the director offers her the job of secretary. She broke up with her boyfriend, and her buddies kid her that she's "undateable." When a restaurant rejects her credit card, she confesses, "I'm so embarrassed, I'm still not a real person yet." She bounces around from one friend's apartment to the other. Even her best friend Sophie is a flash point for friction. Nonetheless, she insists, "I'm trying to be pro-active about my life." Ha, played by Greta Gerwig (who along with Baumbach wrote the film), proves that coming of age can mean twenty-seven rather than seventeen. Filmed in black and white. Many critics have loved this film, including a 93% on the Tomatometer.