Our favourite on-screen BFFs
Five tales of female friendship
Rani is a shy, traditional woman who finds herself jilted by her fiancé soon before their wedding. She decides to go on their honeymoon to Paris alone. Director Vikas Bahl wasn’t being subtle when he gave Rani’s Parisian BFF the same name as her ex: Vijay. The former’s restrictive, unfeeling behaviour is replaced by a girl who takes Rani out on the town, gets her drunk, and helps her to love herself. (Who would you rather be in Paris with?) A mistakenly sent selfie leads Vijay to ask her to come back to him, but, with a little help from her friends, Rani decides she’s better off on her own.
“We’re like a lesbian couple that doesn’t have sex anymore,” Frances says to her best friend Sophie in Noah Baumbach’s instant-classic Frances Ha. They sleep in each other’s beds, play-fight together in New York City parks, and voice fantasies about the rest of their lives together. “Tell me the story of us,” says Frances. “Again?” asks Sophie. Frances learns she has to do some things on her own as Sophie’s career advances, and her relationship with her boyfriend becomes more serious – but at the end of the day, there’s still room for Frances in her bed.