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Indie Darling 

When: Thu., Sept. 26, 6:45 p.m. 2013
“I feel bad,” Frances (Greta Gerwig, who also co-write the script) says when her boyfriend asks her to move in with him in the opening scene in Frances Ha, a new film from writer-director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale). She explains that she’s just too attached to her roommate Sophie (Mickey Sumner) to shack up with him. But she gets thrown for a loop, however, when Sophie moves out, essentially “dumping” her. And so begins a downward spiral of sorts for Sophie, an aspiring ballet dancer who can barely make ends meet. Things pick up when she meets Miles (Adam Driver) and he offers up his sofa until Frances can find a place she can afford on her own. While the dialogue throughout the film is pretty sharp (and has drawn comparisons to the HBO hit Girls), the storyline isn’t compelling. It’s immediately clear that Frances and Sophie cling to each other in a way that’s really cute but not necessarily healthy. While they joke about being lesbians who stopped having sex with each other, Frances and Sophie aren’t lovers but act like it. To Baumbach’s credit, the film’s better off without throwing romance into the mix. The film screens tonight at 6:45 and tomorrow night at 9:35 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $9. (Niesel)


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