Girlfriends ★★★★½

A spiritual predecessor to FRANCES HA, though Melanie Mayron gives even the great Greta Gerwig a run for her money. This deserves to be the new standard for "hidden gem" status in cinema, as Claudia Weill's sharply drawn film traverses the landscape of female friendship with subtle wit and unyielding warmth. It's clear by watching Filmstruck's digital copy that the original negative is in desperate need of restoration -the celluloid artifacts and spotty audio evidence of its cruel neglect- but even that can't dampen a fraction of the movie's overflowing charm. A must-see that deserves far more emulation and adoration.