First, the 16 mm New Wave; then the Super-8 No Wave; and now, an American film movement, based on digital video, with a name that might belong to one of Harry Potter's friends: It's Mumblecore! Thriving on the modest truth of clumsy mishaps and incoherent riffs, fueled by a combination of narcissism and diffidence, Mumblecore reflects sensibilities formed by The Real World (our life is a movie) and Seinfeld (constant discourse), as well as The Blair Witch Project (DIY plus Internet). Mumblecore is demographically self-contained. Straight, white, middle class. The movies suggest college, without the course load. There are almost no grown-ups—which is to say anyone over 30. Enter the latest, Hannah, in which recent college grad Hannah (Greta Gerwig) casually breaks up with her boyfriend, has a brief office affair, and then embarks upon another. At one point, she goes on location to the beach; in the big emotional scene, she tearfully confesses to suffering from "chronic dissatisfaction." Hannah, the third feature by 26-year-old Joe Swanberg, is something like the Mumblecore equivalent of Gone With the Wind
Indie poster girl du jour Gerwig.
Runs Fri., Sept. 28–Wed., Oct. 3, at Northwest Film Forum. Not rated. 84 minutes.