Mutual Appreciation

USA 2005. Dir: Andrew Bujalski. 110 min. DCP

“Of the American independent filmmakers who have emerged during the nought decade, Andrew Bujalski has the most decisive and distinctive voice.”
AMY TAUBIN, SIGHT & SOUND

NEW RESTORATION! Though Funny Ha Ha can lay claim to Mumblecore’s beginnings, it was Andrew Bujalski’s stellar follow-up that first brought attention to the budding, auteur-centric film movement. Premiered alongside debut features by ’core affiliates Jay and Mark Duplass and Joe Swanberg at SXSW 2005, Mutual Appreciation was at the centre of discussion around a fresh DIY ethos in American cinema that put a premium on non-actors, messy dialogue, and verisimilitude of the awkwardly “been there” variety. Bishop Allen frontman Justin Rice stars as a twentysomething musician who arrives in New York in search of a new band and life direction. Writer-director Bujalski steals the show as a grad student whose girlfriend is losing interest. The film’s grainy B&W aesthetic and unguarded honesty elicited comparisons to indie luminaries John Cassavetes and Jean Eustache. “Bujalski is making what may prove to be the defining movie about a generation” (Scott Foundas, LA Weekly).

Mutual Appreciation screens in a double bill with Bujalski's seminal debut feature, Funny Ha Ha.


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REVIEWS

“The film's mood and style are pitched somewhere between '60s American indie and French New Wave and, as you watch these people, they seem painfully, amusingly on-target.”

Chicago Tribune | full review

“Despite their lackadaisical impression, the pictures are quite tightly structured: each scene covers emotional and narrative distance.”

Time Out | full review

NYT Critic’s Pick | “Mutual Appreciation looks like something that just came out of a time capsule, but there’s nothing dusty about it.”

New York Times | full review