Frances Ha is all about Greta Gerwig. She cowrote and stars in the black-and-white coming-of-age story from director Noah Baumbach, who's known for being the man behind the lens on previous movies The Squid and the Whale and Greenberg.
This is Greta's latest collaboration with Noah, since they worked together on Greenberg and the ill-fated HBO pilot for Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections. They've become more than just professional acquaintances. Their romantic relationship was under the radar for nearly a year before they confirmed their status in an April New Yorker piece.
Noah and Greta's special connection has its advantages when it comes to working together, which explains their collaboration on Frances Ha as well as an animated project and another film. "We just are able to write the same song, in some way. We each are contributing to it and have our own thing, but it's like this '70s songwriter partnership where — not that it's the equivalency of The Beatles — but Lennon and McCartney, they just made each other better," Greta said. "Noah and I, we kind of make each other — I don't want to say better because he was already really great — but he certainly makes me better and we bring something out in each other in our writing that I don't think we have alone."
Appropriately then, Frances Ha is a story made of love stories. Firstly, it's the tale of the affection between two college friends who are growing up and drifting apart. Greta's Frances has found her match in best pal Sophie, played by Mickey Sumner, daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler. Greta and Mickey have relatable onscreen chemistry, and apparently did in real life, too. Greta explained, "The thing that made me know that [Mickey] was Sophie was that we'd been auditioning so many actresses — and really great actresses — but something happened when we auditioned [Mickey] which was that I felt like all of a sudden I became Frances . . . it was kind of magical."
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