Have you ever wanted to follow your dreams? Be the best that you can be? It might not be so easy. In Noah Baumbach’s new film Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig plays the title role: a 20-something dancer living in New York City with big expectations. Frances dreams of living larger. She wants to be professional and independent. She wants more money, a better apartment, a better job, great friends, but above all, she wants something to be proud of. Nestled in bed with her best friend Sophie, she proclaims, “We are going to take over the world.” She works hard by performing as an apprentice at a local dance company and teaching the younger students. However, as the story continues, Frances doesn’t find great success. She fails at what she loves most.
Frances takes on the anxiety of a new generation of misfits that struggle between their ideal self and the real world. Smart and witty, the film challenges our own personal expectations. What happens if we aren’t talented? What happens if we fail? During a dinner party Frances answers the question, “What do you do?” She answers, “Well it’s complicated… because I don’t really do it.” Greta Gerwig shines as a hero for a new generation of dreamers. If at first you don’t succeed, give up and try something else.