Srikasih Febriyanti


Frances Ha.

It has been rare lately to come across a free time to finally browse through movies and leisure the day away. Handpicking one isn't that hard, because for me, the nature usually picks it up and lay it before my eyes. It works like that most of the time.

So today's special is Frances Ha, a film by Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig. It is shot digitally in glistening black-and-white cinematography by Sam Levy, the director of photography for this movie. This has brought the whole scene in New York and Paris both romantic and gritty, vibrant and melancholy. 

I don't remember when was the last time I watched black-and-white movie and feel the warmth the way this movie made me feel. Frances has something profoundly depressing about the moment she sort of realize that her best friend, Sophie, has outgrown the friendship while she's busy figuring out a lot about her life at the late 20s... but still, it offers such a warm tendency that moved my heart. That at the end of the day, there's always a way to love each other and be there for each other in a more mature way. Even if Greta Gerwig herself suggested us to 'enjoy your female friendship now because you'll never really have them as you get older', but I still work my way to believe that no matter what, a real friend would cross-path again at very significant time of our life.

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This movie just personally become a mimic of certain memory, a lovely one. And I would like to recall that certainty through picked still images, frame by frame, with that etched nostalgic in my mind. Who knows, there'll be a chance to feel that kind of connection again.

As Georges Delerue's Negresco's Waltz keeps spinning while I type this note down, I think I rest my mind just right this evening. I hope you do well, my friend. As always.   

Have a good weekend.