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Greta Gerwig makes her mark

After her brilliant, understated breakthrough in Noah Baumbach’s Ben Stiller seriaas vehicle Greenberg, Greta Gerwig kept herself busy upstaging her headlining cast members in flop-ish commercial outings (No Strings Attached, Arthur) before signing off a fairly thankless Woody Allen role in To Rome with Love.

She’s back on top form, though, in Whitt Stillman’s stylised deadpan comedy Damsels in Distress and re-teaming with sort-of maybe probably boyfriend Baumbach to deliver a sly, reportedly career-best (for what that’s worth) performance in Frances Ha, which she also co-wrote.