I didn’t plan, necessarily, on using ‘Modern Love,’ but in cutting the scene when Frances runs through the streets, I thought, ‘This will do until I figure out what music I am going to use.’ Then I thought, ‘Can I get away with using “Modern Love” again?’ Because there really is no better song to run to than ‘Modern Love. ’
I hadn’t intended to use that particular song, yet when we were editing the film we tried a few songs with that sequence. The thing is, “Modern Love” is the perfect song to jog to, so yes, it became something of an homage.
-Noah Baumbach on the somewhat accidental reference to Leos Carax’s Mauvais Sang in Frances Ha.