USA, 2012 (MIFF 2013, International Panorama)

Director: Noah Baumbach

"An exhilarating black-and-white New York seriocomedy … with a stellar star turn by co-writer Greta Gerwig." – Hollywood Reporter

Frances is a 20-something dance apprentice who has plenty of plans but succeeds at very few of them in this breezy, urban odyssey about an optimistic misfit and her charismatic friends. Shot in a freewheeling, off-the-cuff style, the deceptively simple film fills the screen with the playful energy of its titular lead character – a quipping, klutzy delight. The action bounces from Brooklyn to Sacramento with a brief stopover in Paris, all accompanied by a jaunty score ranging from Bowie to banjo.

Gleefully indebted to the nouvelle vague (Truffaut and Godard in particular) with a touch of mid-career Woody Allen, Frances Ha is a charming, whimsical addition to director Noah Baumbach's comedic oeuvre.

"Equal parts endearing and hilarious." – Sound on Sight

D Noah Baumbach P Noah Baumbach, Scott Rudin, Rodrigo Teixeira, Lila Yacoub S Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig Dist Transmission Films TD DCP/2012

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