Frances Ha

AMC Kabuki CinemasThu, May 2, 2013 6:30 PM Not Available
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Premiere Status:USA
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:86
Original Language:English
dir:Noah Baumbach
prod:Noah Baumbach
Scott Rudin
Lila Yacoub
Rodrigo Teixeira
scr:Noah Baumbach
Greta Gerwig
cam:Sam Levy
editor:Jennifer Lame
cast:Greta Gerwig
Mickey Sumner
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Noah Baumbach deliberately invokes comparisons to Woody Allen with his latest, Brooklyn-set comedy Frances Ha, a sweet and funny tale of female friends, Frances (Greta Gerwig), a dancer, and Sophie (Mickey Sumner), a book editor, striving to succeed in a city too expensive for artists without trust funds. Certainly cameraman Sam Levy’s lush, black-and-white photography recalls Gordon Willis’ exquisite lens work on Allen’s Manhattan (1979) but the bigger connection may be titular star Greta Gerwig, who also co-wrote the film with Baumbach after they worked together on the L.A. comedy Greenberg (2010). Baumbach is an expert storyteller when it comes to smart, likable, but neurotic urbanists and Gerwig inhabits Frances with a hand-in-glove performance that suggests that should she could become something of a Diane Keaton-like muse to Baumbach. She’s certainly at ease throughout Frances Ha, extending the quirky, carefree character type that has earned her a cult following in smaller films like Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007) and Baghead (2008). Frances Ha, which also gives a stylistic nod to the French New Wave, winningly portrays a delicate romance between two close friends, a story as heartwarming as the relationship between its two female characters and as rich as the synchronized performances by Gerwig and Mickey Sumner.
-Steve Ramos
Additional Information

Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach is best known for his familial dysfunction comedies including the Brooklyn-set The Squid and the Whale (2005) and the battling sisters film Margot at the Wedding (2007). The son of well-known film critics and writers Georgia Brown and Jonathan Baumbach, the Brooklyn native continues to keep one creative foot in indie cinema via his comedies Greenberg (2010) and Frances Ha and working as a co-screenwriter on Wes Anderson movies The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), while also working as a scribe-for-hire on big-budget Hollywood fare like Tower Heist (2011) and Madagascar 3 (2012).