Greta Gerwig co-writes and stars in Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha”
As Oscar season gets ready to jump into high gear, contenders will rise and fall by the wayside as Telluride wraps up, Venice is underway, and Toronto is about to explode onto the scene.
One young talent I’ve kept a close eye on since early March is Greta Gerwig. The 29-year-old actress has been quietly on the scene for a while and has managed to appear in four films that have been released or are scheduled in 2012. Not to mention, she has a co-writing credit with Noah Baumbach in his upcoming Frances Ha.
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, Cinema of the United States
, Daryl Wein
, Frances Ha
, Greta Gerwig
, Jessica Chastain
, Joe Swanberg
, Judy Davis
, No Strings Attached
, Noah Baumbach
, Woody Allen
Greta Gerwig owns the screen in Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister Jones’ latest flick ‘Lola Versus’. While not approaching the depth or emotion of their previous film ‘Breaking Upwards’, this is still a very solid indie dramedy, and it’s anchored by Gerwig’s terrific lead performance. She’s as good as ever, and the movie derives its success from her. Wein’s confidence as a director is higher than ever, so he’s able to let her and Lister Jones loose, and their chemistry is a real highlight. The script is tight and amusing, if lacking in a truly hilarious moment. The film exists in a sort of hipster reality crossed with the world of Woody Allen, but it works. You never doubt that these are real people in real situations, even if some of the quirk is a bit on the unbelievable side. If I had any issue with the movie, it’s that there’s a little too much repetition in the plot and the film waits until deep into the 3rd act to really make its points. That being said, I was constantly entertained and loved Gerwig’s performance as much as any other in 2012 so far. She continues to be one of the most interesting young actresses in the business. One day soon she’ll be an Oscar nominee. I doubt it’ll be for this film (maybe a Spirit nod), which opens on Friday, but she’s getting closer.
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