I went into Francis Ha thinking I probably wouldn’t like it. The only other Noah Baumbach film I’ve seen is The Squid and the Whale - and I didn’t particularly care for it. But…I was wrong.
It’s an amazing film. An amazing film all about loneliness and feeling lost, and not having you shit together , and just searching for the ultimate connection with someone - but without the cynical perspective or depression that comes with most films that dabble in the subject.
To say anything further would do a disservice to the film - if you have a chance to see it I’d HIGHLY recommend it. I identified with a lot of the movie, but out of a 90 minute runtime this quote alone took my breath away:
“It’s what I want in a relationship which might explain why I’m single now, ha ha.
It’s, um, it’s kind of hard to… 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.
And it’s funny and sad but only because this life will end.
…And it’s this secret world that exists right there in public unnoticed that no one knows about. It’s sort of like how they say that, um, other dimensions exist all around us but we don’t have the ability to perceive them?
That’s, that’s what I want out of a relationship or just life I guess. Love. Blah. I sound stoned. I’m not stoned. Thanks for dinner. Bye!”
This. My life. Exactly.