Frances Ha — It’s Messy Being in Your Twenties, Isn’t It?

If a movie could capture the uncertainty and messiness of being in your twenties, Frances Ha is it. Beautifully shot in black and white, Frances Ha is the story of 27-year-old girl who hasn’t figured it all out yet.

Frances, played by the wonderful Greta Gerwig, leads a happy existence, spending all of her time with her best friend and waiting hopefully to be picked up as a dancer at her dance company. Her life is turned upside down when her best friend decides to move to Tribeca, forcing her to realize that her life cannot continue in the way it has.

The move is a charming look at the struggle to find yourself in your twenties. Here are some of my favorites quotes:

“I’m so embarrassed — I’m not a real person yet”

After offering to pay for dinner, Frances discovers she must have a credit card, underscoring  that her intentions are there, but that she’s not quite bridged the gap to adulthood yet.

“I think it’s a great day. I ate an egg bagel…
I Internet-acquired 
three pairs of very rare Ray Bans.
I’m doing awesome.”

While Frances feels like she’s wasted the day already, her roommate Benji, who is just as lost as she is, feels much better about his existence. Sometimes the most simple things feel like grand accomplishments, especially when you haven’t quite found where you’re going yet.

“Sometimes it’s good to do what you’re supposed to do,
when you’re supposed to do it.”

While insightful, it’s used in the wrong context here. Frances has decided at the spur of the moment to go to Paris. It’s not the right time, she doesn’t have the money. But who hasn’t decided a rash decision was the right one?

“Do I look old?
“No. Yes.”
“Older than 27?”
“No — 27 is old though.”

A running theme through the movie is aging out of the period in your life when it’s okay to not have your life together. As the director, Noah Baumbach, put it for The New York Times, “That period in your 20s where you’re necessarily having to separate yourself from a kind of romantic idea of yourself.”


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