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Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha," which premiered at Telluride and played Toronto back in the fall, is rounding out its prestigious festival circuit in Berlin before the film's May 17 release via IFC Films. Below, a brief review, the film's official poster and two video clips. "Frances Ha" follows a young woman drifting through the generous definition of "coming of age" that has become en vogue with the advent of Mumblecore and American indie films over the past decade. Frances Halliday (Greta Gerwig, who co-wrote the film and also starred in Baumbach's "Greenberg") is the questionably tender age of 27, facing the woes of Brooklyn rent, a would-be career in modern dance that has stalled mid-pirouette and a best friend who is slowly breaking up with her. Gerwig is a consistently watchable screen presence, even if she only rarely lands films deserving of her pleasingly awkward charisma. Baumbach is an able director, »


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