Frances Ha (2012) written by Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwick, directed by Noah Baumbach.

Frances Ha is truly uplifting. I leave black-and-white-American movies to the likes of Woody Allen telling me some faux-funny thing I’ve no interest in hearing or seeing. Greta Gerwig as Frances Halladay as Frances Ha carries all before her as a 27-year-old dancer struggling to survive in New York and pursue her dream.

She just wants to dance, although she’s not closed the door to romance. Her real love is with her friend and flatmate Sophie Levee (Mickey Sumner). The get each other. Not in a lesbian—sexual—way. But in a loving way.

‘It’s that thing when you’re with someone, and you love them and they know it, and they love you and you know it... but it’s a party... and you’re both talking to other people, and you’re laughing and shining... and you look across the room and catch each other’s eyes... but - but not because you’re possessive or it’s precisely sexual... but because... that is your person in this life.’

But Sophie lays a bomb on Francis. She’s moving out of their shared apartment. She’s found somewhere cheaper and better, if not cheaper, certainly better. Everyone in New York is screwing everyone else over what they can afford and where they can live (a bit like London and most capital cities).

Sophie’s also got a boyfriend. A serious boyfriend. Not just a jerk (well kinda a jerk) that they can both laugh about. She might even be going to live in Tokyo. She is going to live in Tokyo.

Francis Ha, ‘I’m so embarrassed. I’m not a real person yet,’ has got to get on and grow up. Only she doesn’t. She remains the same innocent. And it’s truly wonderful. You’ve just got to love her the way she is.