Mutual Appreciation (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2006

Mutual Appreciation 2005

Directed by Andrew Bujalski

Perceptive comedy around an incipient ménage-a-trois set on the fringes of the indie-pop world in hipster Brooklyn. “Nails the walk and talk of twentysomething iPeople like nothing else.”— Slate

USA In English
110 minutes 35mm / B&W

Director, Screenplay, Editor

Photography

Matthias Grunsky

Music

Justin Rice & Kevin Micka
,
Bishop Allen
,
Omzo
,
Matty & Mossy
,
The Common Cold
,
Brandon Patton

With

Justin Rice
,
Rachel Clift
,
Andrew Bujalski
,
Seung-Min Lee
,
Kevin Micka
,
Bill Morrison
,
Kate Dollenmayer

Festivals

SXSW, Vancouver 2005; Rotterdam 2006

Elsewhere

Andrew Bujalski’s funny and perceptive observation of an incipient ménage à trois is set on the fringes of the indie-pop world in hipster Brooklyn. Alan, an aspiring alt-rocker, arrives in town, and tries to stay focused on finding a drummer, but succumbs to numerous distractions, including his good friend’s girlfriend. The scene is set for a deadpan comedy of pregnant pauses, wordy uncertainty and chronic non-commitment. Working with a script tailored to a non-professional cast of friends, Bujalski applies the methods of Mike Leigh and John Cassavetes to skewer the exquisite self-consciousness of a new generation.

Mutual Appreciation nails the walk and talk of twentysomething iPeople like nothing else. [This movie] get[s] so deep in the heads of [its] shy, vigilant, sweet-natured protagonists that every passive-aggressive blip and conversational tic registers onscreen with beyond-doc authenticity… No one can match his knack for the rhythms, inflections, and syntactic hiccups of everyday speech – the mumbled, fumbled ABC’s of Gens X, Y, and Z.” — Nathan Lee, Slate