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Mutual Appreciation

  • Film
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars
Alan (Justin Rice) is a newcomer to Brooklyn and a musician in search of a drummer. A lot of them get bored of his approach, and he tells one candidate: ‘I like to keep it simple.’ You suspect writer-director Andrew Bujalski knows the feeling: the lovably lo-fi, brilliantly naturalistic technique showcased first in the colour ‘Funny Ha Ha’ and now in the black-and-white ‘Mutual Appreciation’ has seen him justifiably hailed as the great white hope of the American indie film. But, by conventional standards, nothing much happens in his movies: middle-class graduates hang out, flirting and flopping on each other and the furniture, their shambling, self-consuming conversations echoing their aspirational but faltering lives. The films benefit from charismatic leads – Rice, who can do a disconcerting stare or a megawatt smile as occasion demands, wandered into ‘Funny Ha Ha’ covered in dirt, and that film’s star, Kate Dollenmayer, pops up here – and, despite their lackadaisical impression, the pictures are quite tightly structured: each scene covers emotional and narrative distance. Funny, forgiving, credible and deft, they offer much to appreciate.
Written by Ben Walters

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 4 May 2007
  • Duration:109 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Andrew Bujalski
  • Screenwriter:Andrew Bujalski
  • Cast:
    • Kate Dollenmayer
    • Mary Varn
    • Bill Morrison
    • Ralph Tyler
    • Pamela Corkey
    • Andrew Bujalski
    • Seung-Min Lee
    • Tamara Luzeckyj
    • Salvatore Botti
    • Justin Rice
    • Keith Gessen
    • Kevin Micka
    • Rachel Clift
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