The latest film from indie film darling Noah Baumbach is the charming Frances Ha. The film stars the affable and talented Greta Gerwig from a script from Baumbach and Gerwig. Baumbach and Gerwig previously worked together on the black comedy Greenberg starring Ben Stiller. Based on what we’re seeing in this fun, quirky trailer Frances Ha seems to be a bit of a departure for Noah Baumbach. It doesn’t seem to be as dark as his previous works. But it does have the trademark Baumbach wit and eccentricities. Baumbach, who is mostly known for his work on award season favorites The Life Aquatic with Steven Zissou, The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding, seems to be working in a different rhythm here. First off the film is presented in a gorgeous, grainy, black and white stock. It also has a cheerful, fun, sarcastic and romantic energy that hasn’t been seen in his previous works. No doubt , the change in rhythm is due to the influence of star and co-writer Greta Gerwig. Gerwig herself, is enjoying a nice run of critically acclaimed independent film works beginning with 2011’s Damsels in Distress directed by Whit Stillman, 2012’s Lola Versus and Woody Allen’s last film To Rome with Love.
Be sure to check out Frances Ha in May. In a time when most independent films seem to have as much shine and production value as major Hollywood films. Frances Ha seems to be embracing the independent spirit and feel of the low budget character films of the 90’s like Clerks and Swingers. Personally, I loved that era of films. I would love to see a similar explosion of artistic energy from independent film artists like that again.
Frances Ha stars Greta Gerwig and Miceky Sumner. The film is directed by Noah Baumbach. It is written by Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig. Frances Ha is scheduled for release May 17, 2013.
Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she’s not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has, but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. FRANCES HA is a modern comic fable in which Noah Baumbach explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption.
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