Noah Baumbachs terrific new film takes a serio-comic look at the life of an adorable misfit in 2012 New York City with the verve of French New Wave film from 1962. Co-written by Greta Gerwig, who plays the title role with entirely disarming self-deprecating humor, Frances Ha is a low-budget, black-and-white production populated mostly by wannabe creative types that immeasurably benefits from the feeling that it was shot on the wing. This is a niche picture of great appeal that will score with younger audiences looking for something offbeat and smart.
The Squid and the Whale was great. Some very funny scenes.