Frances Ha ╳ Noah Baumbach

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The exploration of an adult reaching adulthood, in drama-comedy Frances Ha, transposes the coming-of-age tale into contemporary times. The latest directorial effort from Noah Baumbach, with co-writing credits to the star of the feature Greta Gerwig. Check it out after the jump.

Read more film info as follows (via TIFF 2012):

“Greta Gerwig stars as Frances, an apprentice in a dance company who wants so much more than she has but lives life with unaccountable joy and lightness. This modern fable from Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg) explores youth, friendship, class, ambition, failure and redemption.

 

PROGRAMMER’S NOTE

 

Fast, funny, faultlessly flirty, and shot in crisp black and white, Noah Baumbach’s latest is today’s Manhattan. Of course, Manhattan would be set in Brooklyn if it was made now, and Brooklyn is where you’ll find Frances. Played with expert oddness by the amazing Greta Gerwig, she is all elbows and punchlines, stumbling through New York searching for bliss.

 

Remarkably, Frances is a dancer, or a struggling dance teacher. 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, a dour-looking, tart-tongued girl who matches Frances’s sense of humour quip for quip. A couple of white girls who go all hip-hop when necessary, these semi-hipsters mostly spend their days commenting on their lives like a pair of Dorothy Parkers (“This apartment is very aware of itself,” says Sophie when she visits Frances’ new pad). But they also have to admit they’re “like a lesbian couple that doesn’t have sex anymore.”

 

And so in her gawky, self-aware way, Frances opens her heart to love. She allows a sort of romance to develop with a male friend, but both of them have trouble with the ground rules. Ultimately, Frances would rather dance.

 

As co-written by Baumbach and Gerwig, FRANCES HA perfectly captures the rhythms of an over-educated, underemployed generation more intimate with their friends than their lovers. For Baumbach, already known and admired for The Squid and the Whale and Greenberg, this feels like a reboot. It’s as sharp and funny as his very best work, with a new openness and generosity towards the characters. For all the craziness Frances displays, this movie loves her. In the middle of one scene, she does a handstand. And it works. Baumbach balances the hilarious New York non sequiturs that tumble from Frances’ mouth with a keen sense of place — the film’s chapters correspond to street addresses. And the soundtrack is laced with surprising but perfectly apt music choices. When David Bowie’s “Modern Love” bursts out during a big emotional scene, it’s sincerely ironic and ironically sincere — just like the lovely Frances herself.

 

– Cameron Bailey”

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Art Blog - Noah Baumbach - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Noah Baumbach - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Noah Baumbach - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Noah Baumbach - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Noah Baumbach - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Noah Baumbach - Empty Kingdom

Trailer for FRANCES HA.

Interview for FRANCES HA, hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center at NYFF 2012.

Frances Ha, 2012

Noah Baumbach