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Frances Ha

franceshaNoah Baumbach wrote this movie with his girlfriend Greta Gerwig, and it seemed downright stupid not to cast her in the lead role as a 27-year-old dancer who shares an apartment in Brooklyn with her best friend (Mickey Sumner), but begins to drift when sheā€™s forced to find someplace else to live. Gerwig and Frances seem like one person; that charm and youthful insecurity is the prime reason why itā€™s so enjoyable to follow Francesā€™s episodic adventures in New York City and elsewhere. The film should satisfy Woody Allen fans, but itā€™s also clearly a homage to French New Wave movies; Baumbach uses music scores from them (as well as a few pop classics) to great effect.

2013-U.S. 86 min. B/W. Produced byĀ Noah Baumbach, Scott Rudin, Rodrigo Teixeira, Lila Yacoub. Directed byĀ Noah Baumbach. Screenplay: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig. Cast: Greta Gerwig (Frances Halladay), Mickey Sumner (Sophie Levee), Adam Driver (Lev Shapiro), Michael Zegen, Patrick Heusinger, Charlotte dā€™Amboiseā€¦ Grace Gummer.

Trivia: Thatā€™s Gerwigā€™s actual mom and dad as Francesā€™s parents.

Last word: “I wanted to do something with Greta again, after we had done ‘Greenberg’, and I just wrote her. I wanted to make something in New York, and I was thinking, ā€˜Black and white, New York, Greta, portrait of youthā€™; I had very general, almost like a feeling of a movie, but not an actual movie in my head. And so I just wrote her about it and asked her if she had thoughts, of things she was thinking about. She wrote me back a document of stuff that was so great, and funny. I felt like there was a movie here, and it really became a conversation, from that point forward. A virtual conversation mostly, that then became a script.” (Baumbach, View London)

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