Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

Frances Ha 2012

Directed by Noah Baumbach

Greta Gerwig stars in and co-wrote this charming portrait of an aspiring dancer floundering in hipster Brooklyn. Directed by Noah Baumbach. “Cutely serious Gerwig’s performance is full of depth and nuance.” — The Guardian

USA In English
86 minutes B&W / DCP



Noah Baumbach
Scott Rudin
Lila Yacoub
Rodrigo Teixeira


Noah Baumbach
Greta Gerwig


Sam Levy


Jennifer Lame

Production designer

Sam Lisenco


Greta Gerwig (Frances)
Mickey Sumner (Sophie)
Charlotte d’Amboise (Colleen)
Adam Driver (Lev)
Michael Zegen (Benji)
Hannah Dunne (‘Ask Me’ girl)
Michael Esper (Dan)
Grace Gummer (Rachel)
Patrick Heusinger (Patch)
Josh Hamilton (Andy)


Toronto, New York 2012; Berlin, San Francisco 2013

 “‘I’m not a real person yet,’ stutters the heroine of this cutely serious movie about a hapless dancer flat-hopping around Brooklyn. At 28, without a solid job or stable partner, Frances is flailing, for all the fun she’s having. ‘You look a lot older,’ says someone comparing Frances to her best friend, ‘but you seem far less mature.’

Greta Gerwig – who began in the lo-fi likes of Baghead before graduating to more grown-up roles (Damsels in Distress) – takes a happy back-skip into her mumblecore comfort zone for this black-and-white, semi-improv study. Her genius move is hauling an accomplished filmmaker back into the zone with her. Noah Baumbach, making his most compassionate movie since 2005’s The Squid and the Whale, gives these lives the full French new wave/mid-period Woody Allen treatment, conferring charm and substance on even their most mundane interaction… Gerwig’s performance is full of depth and nuance; self-conscious without being mawkish, clever behind the kook.” — Catherine Shoard, The Guardian

“Shot digitally on the fly, its New York streets rendered in satiny black-and-white, Frances Ha is a patchwork of details that constitute a sort of dating manual – not one that tells you how to meet hot guys, but one that fortifies you against all the crap you have to deal with as a young person in love with a city that doesn’t always love you back…

In the most memorable sequence, Frances makes up an impromptu street ballet to David Bowie’s ‘Modern Love’… The hopefulness of Frances, and of Frances Ha, is a constant. There’s new magic coming – it simply has to catch up with her.” — Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice