Frances Ha

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Acclaimed director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) returns with this delightfully effervescent urban fairytale about growing up even after you’re a grown up. Shot in luminous black and white (think Woody Allen’s Manhattan, only set in Brooklyn), Frances Ha is Baumbach’s comedic love letter to New York City and to star/co-writer Greta Gerwig (Damsels in Distress). 20-something Frances arrives in New York determined to become a post-modern dancer despite the fact that she’s constantly tripping over her own feet or putting one of them in her mouth. She lives with her best friend Sophie and although it’s been a while since she graduated, a fully-functioning professional life still seems like a distant dream. Even though her job search ends in one disappointment after another, she’s fairly content being inseparable from her pal Sophie – even though they’re a bit like an old married couple. When Sophie moves into her dream flat in Tribeca with another friend, Frances suddenly finds herself out on the street. Now she not only has to find a new place to live but also a new place in the world, as disastrous romances, thwarted ambitions and a series of odd abodes threaten to bring her down. Frances’ life may be far removed from the one she’s always dreamed of, but she remains optimistically unsinkable as she stumbles through New York City searching for her bliss. (Dir. by Noah Baumbach, 2013, USA, 86 mins., Rated R, IFC Films) Digital