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“It’s like a musical couch,” one character comments, shifting positions on a sofa with two others, nicely summing up the narrative thrust of the wispy but radiant Hannah Takes the Stairs. The line also unwittingly references the cinematic cross-pollination taking place amongst the real-life troupe of assorted filmmakers and artists featured in Hannah (though Joe Swanberg directs, eight names share the byline). Programmed as part of a two-week festival entitled “The New Talkies: Generation DIY” at downtown Manhattan’s IFC Center–seemingly in direct response to an article published in Filmmaker magazine’s spring issue exploring the freshly dubbed “mumblecore” movement–“Hannah” epitomizes this indie strain with its naked sincerity, neophyte/nonprofessional actors, near-plotless trajectory borne of improvisation, and nondescript visual style that clears the way for an emphasis on the miniscule moments that constitute coming-of-age in the lives of privileged (no one seems to work much, or need to) post-collegiate twentysomethings.

Click here to read the rest of Kristi Mitsuda’s review of Hannah Takes the Stairs.

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