After two wonderful films like The Squid and the Whale and my sister’s wedding, that’s the new film from director Noah Baumbach is an Italian cinema release worthy of the name. Although two years is presented at the Berlin Film Festival.
Compared to his previous works, with the weird world of Greenberg (hereafter simply Greenberg, original title of the film) the director takes a couple of turns seemingly radical geo-narrative. If, on the one hand, like its protagonist – played by Ben Stiller – Baumbach abandons his beloved New York and the East Coast to move to Los Angeles, the other acts of zoom and focus its field of observation and analysis: from dynamics that made a singular and subjective reports on the complex mosaic of a household, the story of a single protagonist struggling with personal problems and all the more pseudo-derivation of friendship rather than family.
But even with these deviations from what we have become accustomed, the trajectories of narrative and emotional Baumbach remain the same, substantially unchanged and in theory, carried out with the usual intelligence and sensitivity.
And without the presence in the cast of Mark Duplass and Greta Gerwig justifies those who have branded as Greenberg mumblecore films.
Roger Greenberg is in fact the adult version of the character of Jesse Eisenberg in The Squid and the Whale, is the cousin of Nicole Kidman’s wedding of my sister. A man who at forty still has to learn to live with himself even before the other, the victim of character impulses prompted by fear and insecurity, convinced that “trying to do nothing” choice is affirmative, alternative, and pro (positive) instead of escape denier.
Roger Greenberg is yet another amiable personality borderline indie film stars and stripes, underneath almost hilarious and touching in his invectives against the big names by letter (and therefore the more anonymous and impersonal social institutions) who betrayed his trust. A person who, not surprisingly, structure a report of a rare balance with the other oblique and damaged figure of the film, played by talented Florence Greta Gerwig, which, although “only” 25 year old is plagued with potential problems very similar to those of Roger . And it is from their meeting – and partly from that with an old friend of Roger played by Rhys Ifans – who unravel the many streams that flow of a narrative of the many cracks in the soul of his characters, noting at the same time sanandole.
In this context, although it is effective to emphasize the revival a little ‘unconventional themes and situations of many independent film is, paradoxically, the figure of the protagonist – as a performer and not as a character – to blow up some fragile balance. Iconic figures as too intrusive, and not quite able to disassemble and work less to enslave all of the needs of the script, Ben Stiller in the film moves with ease and too ostentatious clumsiness, even unintentionally ending up damaging many nuances, so many delicacies , a lot of whispers.
Roger Greenberg is a character Ben Stiller, with all that that entails. And Greenberg may often look like at times more like a Ben Stiller movie that one of Noah Baumbach.
E ‘own, paradoxically, in the scenes between Roger and Florence mentioned that this becomes more evident: the contrast between the style of the Hollywood star’s performance contrasted with that of Gerwig, a real rising star in the indie galaxy can be entirely enslaved and functional character and its needs.