Tall, broad-shouldered and a little ungainly, Greta Gerwig plays Frances, and though she’s surrounded by friends and acquaintances throughout this movie, it’s practically a one-woman show. (Gerwig also co-wrote the screenplay with her boyfriend, director Noah Baumbach.)
When we first meet her, Frances -- an understudy with a modern dance group -- is sharing a Brooklyn apartment with her best friend from Vassar, Sophie (Mickey Sumner, who happens to be Sting’s daughter) and dating a guy named Dan. But both situations sputter out, leaving Frances with no place to stay and no boyfriend either. Her dance prospects don’t look so hot either.