Review: “Frances Ha.”

Most of you will see parts of yourself in Frances, the subject of director Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, or at least you’ll see parts of your friends. Co-written with Greta Gerwig, the film’s star, this is an observant, smart comedy that someone manages to preserve a light tone even as Frances’ life grows increasingly pathetic. Unlike Damsels in Distress and Lola Versus, Gerwig’s previous two films in which her character also experiences an identity crisis, Frances Ha never directly discusses her problems. Baumbach and Gerwig are too sharp for that, and since we can hear the quiet terror in her ongoing denial, it’s easy to care about her.

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