Sis passed this along, and I post it here because it’s Noah Baumbach, who directed Kicking and Screaming, the L’Atalante of films about Gen-Xers afflicted with post-college stress. As I was telling Sis tonight, Baumbach tops the list of talented hipster directors on the popular radar: I like him better than Whit Stillman and Wes Anderson, people who might hate being grouped together:
But as it turns out, “Frances Ha” is absolutely charming: funny, sad, cringe-inducing and heartbreaking but, above all, brimming with authenticity, thanks in large part to a winning star turn from indie darling Greta Gerwig. This is a great showcase for Gerwig’s abiding naturalism; not a single moment from her feels cutesy, self-conscious or false.
She and director Noah Baumbach, who worked together on the 2010 comedy “Greenberg,” co-wrote the script, creating a sense of realism through a series of absurd moments. Frances is goofy and guileless, awkward and affectionate but clearly decent-hearted to the core, which only makes her misadventures more agonizing and makes you root harder for her to find true happiness.