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Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)
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Summary: Hannah, a recent college graduate, spends a brutally hot Chicago summer falling in and out of love. As she struggles to find personal and professional fulfillment through various relationships with friends and coworkers, she risks leaving destruction in her wake. Working collaboratively with his cast, which features several prominent independent filmmakers, Joe Swanberg follows up his previous efforts, "Kissing on the Mouth" and "LOL", with this delicate look at friendship, ambition, and the pursuit of happiness. (IFC Films)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Directed By: Joe Swanberg
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na cdub12
49
T1
na JakeAesthete
58
T6
na mongosal
70
T8
na wokelstein
46
T3
na Orly1962
82
T8
na paulofilmo
68
T5
This is really endearing. I think it works. There's a part where they're kissing, and I had to look away because it felt like I was imposing on their moment.
na moviefreak
78
T4
na Alan_Laidlaw
58
T2
na donquixotic
0
T6
na avgcrtckr
47
T4
na volver
65
T6
na kangadoodoo
40
T2
na robixsmash
90
T10
na Meowfresh
64
T4
na dsjoerdsma
55
T2
na maborosi
32
T4
na DavidKahane
86
T8
The movie has a thin plot. What it makes it effective is how perfectly it captures a mood, that drifting feeling of uncertainty that accompanies a person's early twenties, when the station-to-station certainty of higher education gives way to the stifling vastness of professional choices, when possibility itself feels like a sort of dead end. Gerwig plays off against this context, making her character's most problematic, unlikely choices understandable, even, in an odd way, sort of endearing.
na RNG
3
T1
na dmk
62
T4
na meliorism
65
T5
na mightysparks
50
T4
na penguinfreud
35
T4
na landpwner
66
T6
na undinum
60
T4
na SirRobbie
60
T3
na Szeretlek
90
T6
na Piglet
66
T5
na psim
67
T2
na lotr23
40
T1
na nminichino
70
T7
na saishu
50
T1
na roujin
40
T2
na djw263
76
T8
na understamp
70
T7
na mrbluesky
61
T2
na sebby
45
T2
Another totally bleh low budget indie mumblecore "film."
na JapeMan
87
T5
na JJ1986
50
T3
na negative
2
T6
na AAAutin
59
T8
na Cornica
0
T1
na frnk23
70
T8
na las
70
T3
na CMQuinn
0
T1
na RetinaScan
70
T4
na Matthew
60
T6
na cory.nowacky
65
T3
na Jazzaloha
70
T7
This is a character study of Hannah (Greta Gerwig), a confused, maybe insecure, young woman trying to find...something (herself? purpose and meaning?) via the relationships with various men. Gerwig is good in this and you can she has potential.
na mastablasta
100
T6
na Cherish
64
T6
na ifudontknow
83
T5
na rettelo
76
T5
na Coheed
20
T1
I would give this 40 points if it wasn't for the fact that I dread this is where American cinema could go in terms of presentation and manifesto. Strangling its own moments of actual emotional depth with pointlessly shaking cameras and meandering conversation.
na winds
4
T3
na IMDb-byvotes
52
T1
na Anomaly1
58
T3
It's purpose is clear but there are no feelings of things serving a higher function that is essential when filming banality, and no ambition to aim for. And I couldn't appreciate the moment, because the moment was covered up with unnecessary camera jerkiness, zooms, and closeups. Greta Gerwig gives a good performance and on the strength of that performance it is watchable, but there is nothing to distinguish it from every other film of its type.
na frg
4
T4
na imdb
53
T3
na shahness
81
T10
Another strong "mumble-core" addition to the filmic realm. Though the film never quite feels as real, or as awkward, as Bujalksi's two films, the cast, especially Gerwig, deliver relatable twenty-somethings stumbling through life. For bare sets and low production value, Swanberg still works the mise-en-scene and blocking to maximum potential. With no real heavy narrative drive, the film works as a slice of life piece filled with enough poignant beats about love, life and humanity.
na astrakhan
73
T4
A dazzling light illuminating the screen... the way Joe Swanberg's gaze lingers adoringly on Greta Gerwig's face recalls some of the iconic director-star partnerships of cinema history. The film starts out interestingly but unfortunately it eventually peters out when it becomes apparent that none of the characters or events are going anywhere, apart from up some tenuous metaphorical staircase. Good at atmosphere and mood, considerably weaker at narrative and structure. A slight disappointment.
na CriticalMaus
0
T1
na bmmello
65
T2
na rickyafraid
73
T4
na Baby Sloth
52
T3
na Theodora
60
T4
na Ytadel
77
T8
It's not quite up to the level of Bujalski's two "mumblecore" films, but it's still a must-watch for fans of the genre like me who get off on the awkward, low-budget adventures of well-educated, aimless 20-somethings. The movie hinges on the quality of its lead, and thankfully, Greta Gerwig is electric.
na zoidd
70
T3
na filmaffinity
55
T3
na MentalCritic
71
T6
na kneudorf
45
T4
na zacd
45
T2
na kokirijazz
3
T4
na mullacc
55
T3
na pzingg
78
T2
na NRM01
66
T8
na ettubrute
75
T4
na SlantMag
20
T5
"At what cost, naturalism?" - Nick Schager
na idiot
45
T7
na Cabrera
100
T6
na cranky
69
T6
na JLCME20
65
T3
na gwynplaine
85
T7
na coltrane
6
T9
na Meta Critic
63
T7
na dooooooley
79
T4
great characters, organic as all the mumblecores, but the value of the movie is too conversation-based
na Moribunny
73
T8
Hannah is disillusioned by her boyfriend, quickly gets a crush on another guy, and finds herself in a pattern, chewing guys up and spitting them out. I feel for her, but I hate that bitch too, because I know her kind. A good specimen of mumblecore, with acting leads from Swanberg's fellow directors Mark Duplass and Andrew Bujalski, and a powerful starring performance by Greta Gerwig.
na hypnotoad1
78
T5
na hellsditch
74
T4
I don't know why I keep going back to the lo-fi Greta Gerwig-starring well, but here I am again, although I suspect it'll be my last time. And that's not because I hated this, because I didn't. In fact, out of "Beeswax" and "Nights and Weekends", I found "Hannah" to boast, if not exactly the most rounded, at least the most easily recognizable and interesting characters (even if I wanted to throttle a few of them) of the bunch and the film seemed to have a clear focus of what it wanted to be.
Average Tier 4.5 from 88 Rankings rss