BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JUNE 1, 2013
Greta Gerwig re-teams with Noah Baumbach (“Greenberg”) to create this black-and-white, quirky, and often humorous character study of a woman living in New York, trying to find her place while still embracing her child-like sensibilities. Gerwig owns the role of Frances and displays a connection to the character that reflects what may even be her actual personality. The down-home nature of “fake fighting” and inside jokes between friends shows in Frances’ interaction with certain characters who don’t get it, and this too could apply to viewers who do not connect with that humor. With awkward situations, changing lifestyles around her, and even an eventual maturation, “Frances Ha” is probably Baumbach’s most accessible film yet.
May 17, 2013
(for sexual references and language)