Monthly Archives: May 2013
, 86 m., 2012
Greta Gerwig (Frances), Mickey Sumner (Sophie), Michael Esper (Dan), Adam Driver (Lev), Michael Zegen (Benji), Charlotte d’Amboise (Colleen), Grace Gummer (Rachel), Daiva Deupree (Waitress), Isabelle McNally (Random Girl #1), Vanessa Ray (Random Girl #2), Justine Lupe (Nessa), Lindsay Burdge (Dark Haired Girl), Patrick Heusinger (Patch), Marina Squerciati (Waitress at Club), Christine Gerwig (Mom). Directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Baumbach, Scott Rudin, Rodrigo Teixeira, Lila Yacoub. Screenplay by Baumbach & Greta Gerwig.
Some movies are made for the masses. Others make the personal universal. Still others find ways of seeing into your very soul and speaking to your personal experience with immediacy and emotional truth. This is such a film. Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha is, like the title character’s final choreographed dance number at the film’s denouement, messy and mannered in quasi-equal measure. This is a precisely-observed, impeccably composed, elegantly-photographed and uncannily acted portrait of a specific individual who this reviewer found infinitely relatable because of her tentative, uncertain nature and the precarious relationships she’s forged with friends and roommates. Oh, and her unanchored sensibilities. Continue reading