Frances Ha

Frances Ha

Frances Ha

Mumblecore queen Greta Gerwig (Damsels in Distress) stars as the hapless Frances, an aspiring dancer without love and without a job, in this Brooklyn-set comedy from writer-director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale). Searching for bliss, Frances fumbles for her dreams despite their rapidly fading possibility.

"Like many in her tribe of almost-adults, Frances aims to do many things but succeeds at very little. Her greatest triumph to date is her friendship with Sophie (Mickey Sumner), a dour-looking, tart-tongued girl who matches Frances' sense of humour quip for quip... These semi-hipsters mostly spend their days commenting on their lives like a pair of Dorothy Parkers. They also have to admit they're "like a lesbian couple that doesn’t have sex anymore"... Co-written by Baumbach and Gerwig, Frances Ha captures the rhythms of an over-educated, underemployed generation more intimate with their friends than their lovers." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2012Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language86 minsUSA
ComedyDrama
Director:
Noah Baumbach ('The Squid and the Whale', 'Greenberg', 'Margot at the Wedding')
Writer:
Noah BaumbachGreta Gerwig
Cast:
Greta GerwigMickey SumnerAdam DriverMichael ZegenPatrick Heusinger

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Frances Ha / Reviews

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Arriving from the States lauded with praise, writer/director Noah Baumbach and writer/star Greta Gerwig's comedy drama isn't quite the mumblecore masterpiece we've been led to believe. For one thing, it's not mumblecore but an expensively mounted international production with minimal plot. For another, it isn't a masterpiece.

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Variety

Variety

Baumbach pushes beyond sincerity in search of truth, drawing from such stylistic forebears as the French New Wave, Woody Allen and Andy Warhol's Factory films to capture a reality that has eluded him on his more polished dramedies.

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Total Film

Total Film

Charming, poignant and often very funny, Baumbach and Gerwig’s latest collaboration is a joyous portrait of an unformed personality that should strike chords of recognition in all who watch it.

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Time Out

Time Out

Daringly plotless and disconnected (“just like my life!” squeals the target audience), Noah Baumbach’s latest, a breeze, feels a lot less self-absorbed than usual, mainly for not having a neurotic at its core.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Gerwig, who has effortless, behind-the-beat verbal timing, also possesses a knack for physical comedy, an enviable ability to obliterate the difference between clumsiness and grace.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Gerwig's performance is full of depth and nuance; self-conscious without being mawkish, clever behind the kook.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Perfect little nugget of a comedy... A vehicle for Gerwig’s moony charms, and she and Baumbach have crafted a smart screenplay that posits her as the embodiment of the late-20s NYC nomad.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An exhilarating black-and-white New York seriocomedy from Noah Baumbach with a stellar star turn by co-writer Greta Gerwig.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Although the monochrome photography will invite comparisons with Manhattan, Frances Ha is closer in spirit to Godard than Woody Allen. Anchored by a charming performance from Greta Gerwig, it’s as light and breezy as a walk in Central Park, and just as refreshing.

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