“Too many people, even these days, like seven years after punk is meant to have destroyed all of this, too many people still want to be stars. All they can think about is hit records and money and being famous. They’ve just forgotten all the reasons for making music in the first place. They’re just wrecking the beauty of music, which is what The Smiths want to get back”. - Johnny Marr, 1984
When it comes to matters of love, it’s often platonic devotion that proves the most intimate and carries the most weight in one’s life. It’s the love stories of friendship, the decades-spanning, unbreakable connection to someone that stays around as lovers come and go. Yes, romantic love is an all-encompassing illness of the heart, but without a best friend to guide you, life becomes less tolerable. Cinema has long been awash in tales of romantic love, of course, but it’s rare to see a tale of love between two female best friends, especially one that genuinely shows what it is like to have that kind of soul mate, without whom everything else would be askew. But with Noah Baumbach’s latest film, Frances Ha, we see one woman’s journey of self-discovery, ignited by a fractured friendship.