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22 August 2007 (USA) See more »
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Hannah is a recent college graduate interning at a Chicago production company. She is crushing on two writers at work... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Greta Gerwig ... Hannah
Kent Osborne ... Matt

Andrew Bujalski ... Paul

Ry Russo-Young ... Rocco

Mark Duplass ... Mike
Todd Rohal ... Brian Duges

Tipper Newton ... Minnie
Kris Swanberg ... Gaby (as Kris Williams)
Kevin Bewersdorf ... Guy Who Lays Down
Ivan Albertson ... Stephen
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Nathan Adloff ... Friend at Party (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe Swanberg 
 
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Joe Swanberg  and
Greta Gerwig  and
Kent Osborne  and
Andrew Bujalski  additional material and
Ry Russo-Young  additional material and
Mark Duplass  additional material and
Todd Rohal  additional material and
Kevin Bewersdorf  additional material and
Tipper Newton  additional material and
Kris Swanberg  additional material (as Kris Williams)

Produced by
Anish Savjani .... producer
Rajen Savjani .... executive producer
Joe Swanberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kevin Bewersdorf 
 
Cinematography by
Joe Swanberg 
 
Film Editing by
Joe Swanberg 
 
Production Management
Meg DiGiovanni .... post-production supervisor
 
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Kevin Bewersdorf .... sound recordist
Chris James .... sound mixer
 
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Yohance Brown .... colorist
John Eremic .... digital intermediate supervisor
 
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Frank Ross .... supplier: additional equipment
Vincent Savino .... press kit
 
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Dan Brown .... special thanks
Jay Duplass .... special thanks
Aaron Katz .... special thanks
 

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USA:83 min
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Shot without a script.See more »
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Won't anybody push Hannah down the Elevator Shaft?, 3 January 2011
Author: tigerfish50 from Old London, New England

Being obliged to keep company with a narcissistic airhead is just as enervating in film as it is in real life. Ample proof of this can be found in "Hannah Takes The Stairs", where the annoying affectations of the film's main character and her threadbare story-line seem expressly designed to test an audience's patience. We first meet our irritating heroine picking towel fluff off her body after taking a shower with slacker boyfriend Matt, before she heads off to work at an implausibly laid-back TV production company. Hannah soon rejects Matt in favor of nerdy office colleague Paul, and they embark on a desultory love affair until she starts to fancy yet another charisma-free work-mate. This latest prospect is a pal of Paul, so Hannah feels obliged to make an unconvincing display of inner torment over her romantic dilemma - and after she finally makes a decision, the narrative arc of Hannah's 'mumble-core' odyssey is pretty much concluded.

Hannah is so self-absorbed and inarticulate that she's unable to explain her capriciousness beyond a confession of "chronic dissatisfaction" embroidered with vacuous embellishments along the lines of "like, you know . . um . . whatever". Despite the repetitive drone of the film's banal improvised dialog, the actors always appear to be 'acting' and conscious of the camera's presence, which amplifies the cast's deficiencies with its own wobbly hand-held artifice. When the TV company's manager expresses exasperation about the folly of workplace romance in the penultimate scene, it seems like a rather shallow insight after suffering 83 minutes of excruciating tedium.

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