2012. USA. Noah Baumbach. 86 min.
Monday, December 9, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2012. USA. Directed by Noah Baumbach. There are a great many pleasures to be had in Frances Ha—the delightfully gangly physicality of Greta Gerwig’s comic turn, the revelation of Mickey Sumner as her inseparable soulmate, the New York that hasn’t looked as lovely or romantic in black and white since Manhattan—but paramount among them is the music of Georges Delerue, whose songs are the indelible, nostalgic soundtrack of such legendary French New Wave films as Francois Truffaut’s Jules and Jim, Love on the Run, and Day for Night. Frances Ha has that same sense of joy and melancholy—a combination so very rarely found in cinema today—and it is the source of the humor and humanity in Gerwig’s beautifully modulated performance, and in the script that she and Baumbach wrote together. As for Baumbach, who has also brought us contemporary classics like The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, Margot at the Wedding, and Kicking and Screaming, we think Truffaut would tip his cap. Courtesy of Paramount Vantage. 86 min.