Filmmaker Noah Baumbach is hitting that middle-age groove

March 23, 2015 12:13 PM

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Both the exchange from Ibsen's stage play "The Master Builder" that opens the film and the lyrics to Paul McCartney's jaunty song "Let 'Em In" that close it point to similar questions about aging with grace and wisdom while remaining receptive to new ideas. "While We're Young" may not have answers, but it is open to possibilities.

"I feel in a groove," Baumbach said recently. Though he has often been portrayed as some cynical prince of glum misanthropy, and the dark discontent of films such as "Margot at the Wedding" and "Greenberg" might support that, after 2012's jubilant "Frances Ha" Baumbach seems unburdened, unexpectedly...

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