May 21, 2013 |
A delightful summer quirk can be found in the new comic drama “Frances Ha.” Shot in black and white and filled with nuance, the film is directed with great affection by Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale"), who wrote it with his star -- actress Greta Gerwig. Frances is a few years past college and still trying to make her way in New York. She's already struggling to afford the apartment in trendy Brooklyn. Then her best friend and roommate Sophie (Mickey Sumner) starts thinking about moving in with her wealthy boyfriend Patch (Patrick Heusinger)
May 16, 2013 |
Effortless and effervescent, "Frances Ha" is a small miracle of a movie, honest and funny with an aim that's true. It's both a timeless story of the joys and sorrows of youth and a dead-on portrait of how things are right now for one particular New York woman who, try as she might, can't quite get her life together. That would be the Frances of the title (the Ha isn't explained until the film's charming final frame), a joint creation of and career high point for both star Greta Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach, who met on the director's "Greenberg" and co-wrote the script.
September 21, 2012 |
One of the sleeper hits of the fall-festival season has been Noah Baumbach's “Frances Ha,” which in a climate of serious award-season dramas has stood out as a lighter but still thoughtful look at twentysomething life. Shot in black-and-white, the movie offers up the well-meaning but ingenuous title character (Baumbach's real-life paramour Greta Gerwig, who also wrote the script with him). Frances is a Brooklyn dancer who has complicated friendships and generally seeks happiness in a rather unforgiving world.
September 7, 2012 |
Oscar-nominated writer-director Noah Baumbach is known as the creator of literate, personal films about characters in crisis. Actress Greta Gerwig has parlayed her deft touch playing blond oddballs in small indie films into work with an impressive roster of filmmakers including Woody Allen, Ivan Reitman and Whit Stillman. Now the real-life couple, who worked together on "Greenberg," have co-written a melancholy comedy, "Frances Ha" that's becoming one of the most-buzzed-about films on the fall film festival circuit.
July 11, 2010 |
Since his 2005 critical breakthrough "The Squid and the Whale," writer-director Noah Baumbach has specialized in protagonists who lack an internal censor, who veer between paralyzing self-consciousness and total self-absorption, whose general demeanor falls somewhere between unpleasant and insufferable. This seemingly perverse compulsion has made Baumbach something of an anomaly in the landscape of American cinema, where most movies, even if they don't trade on the charm of their heroes, at least count on their protagonists as easy points of identification.
March 21, 2010 |
For someone who is known for creating characters who are self-centered to the point of toxicity, in person Noah Baumbach comes across as pleasant enough. Polite, a little dry, slightly reserved, he seems like a student-friendly professor who writes, as Baumbach does, occasional humor pieces for the New Yorker. Although his 2005 film "The Squid and the Whale" -- which he describes as a "new beginning" for his career -- was tinged with just enough nostalgia to temper his more caustic impulses, his subsequent films "Margot at the Wedding" (2007)