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Hannah Takes the Stairs


Blissful! Joe Swanberg has an uncanny talent for making the randomness of downtime feel as alive as it seems generationally true.

— Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

I will remember that I fell in love with film again, thanks to Joe Swanberg and the group of ultra-indie filmmakers who came together to make the wonderfully idiosyncratic romantic comedy 'Hannah Takes The Stairs.'

— Stephen Saito, Premiere

Presented by IFC Films | United States | Aug 22nd, 2007 | 83 MINS | UR

Over the course of one hot post-graduate summer, Hannah (Greta Gerwig), falls precariously in and out of love.  A breaker of hearts and chronically dissatisfied she finds herself drifting away from her newly unemployed boyfriend (Mark Duplass, THE PUFFY CHAIR) and drawn to two of her co-workers, Matt (Kent Osborne) and Paul (Andrew Bujalski, MUTUAL APPRECIATION). Conceived without a traditional script, this triumph of improvisional acting was born from intimate collaboration between director Joe Swanberg, and his cast, which is made up of some of todays most important up and coming independent filmmakers.  Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, and featuring stunning naturalistic performances, HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS is a delicate look at friendship, ambition, and the pursuit of happiness that heralds the return of a truly independent form of American moviemaking.


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