I kind of fell for Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" at last year's Telluride Film Festival. I'm not a Baumbach acolyte, though I did like "Greenberg," so that also made it a pleasant surprise, I guess. This kind of thing rarely works for me, though. Or at least, it has to hit a very precise target, and when that happens, it always feels pretty special. That's what we're looking for in a darkened theater, right?
So, in my opinion, chalk "Frances Ha" up on arrival as one of the best films of 2013 when it lands in May. It is the result of a top notch writing collaboration between Baumbach and star Greta Gerwig, and speaking of which, Gerwig's performance will deserve awards attention whether it gets it or not. Captured in textured black and white hues by photographer Sam Levy, the film tells a story of a life in progress, and it keeps away from the edge of cliche when it could easily go sailing off of it.