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FUNNY HA HA (2003)

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"Like John Cassavetes, whose influence is apparent here, Mr. Bujalski is an acute and intelligent dramatist who uses the appearance of chaos as a means of emotional exploration. I would bet that the ragged, swerving scenes in his film are much more tightly scripted and carefully rehearsed than they sometimes seem, which was almost always the case with Cassavetes. The main difference is that while Cassavetes's characters are often at the mercy of their feelings and pushed to the point of eruption, Mr.Bujalski's are cut off from theirs, and able to communicate only by painful, semi-ironic indirection.. It is a small, plain movie, shot in 16 millimeter in dull locations around Boston; but also, like its passive, quizzical heroine, it is unexpectedly seductive, and even, in its own stubborn,hesitant way, beautiful." -- A.O. Scott, New York Times "Bujalski gets a great deal of help from his star, Kate Dollenmayer, who is so natural, she nearly convinces us that we're watching a documentary... Bujalski celebrates the awkwardness of twentysomething life, allowing Dollenmayer to create a beautifully authentic portrait." - New York Daily News "With her hunched adolescent posture, her eager smile, and her halo of niceness, Dollenmayer is lovely, vulnerable, genuine... Women in the audience will slip easily into Marnie's sneakers... Bujalski and Dollenmayer have a bright future." - Kyle Smith, New York Post "The final scene is as close to perfection as any Amerindie has come in recent memory-in a single reaction of Marnie's, we see a small but definite shift in perspective; abruptly, Bujalski stops the film, as if there's nothing more to say. It's a wonderful parting shot for a movie that locates the momentous in the mundane." - Dennis Lim, Village Voice


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Catalogue No. ACC0049
SRP A$24.95
APN 9333723000493
DVD Release Date 17 Jan 2007
Director Andrew Bujalski
Producer Ethan Vogt
Cast Kate Dollenmayer, Christian Rudder, Jennifer L Schaper, Andrew Bujalski
Genre Comedy drama
Rating M - Moderate coarse language
Run Time 90 minutes
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Language English
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Quotes "Like John Cassavetes, whose influence is apparent here, Mr. Bujalski is an acute and intelligent dramatist who uses the appearance of chaos as a means of emotional exploration. I would bet that the ragged, swerving scenes in his film are much more tightly scripted and carefully rehearsed than they sometimes seem, which was almost always the case with Cassavetes. The main difference is that while Cassavetes's characters are often at the mercy of their feelings and pushed to the point of eruption, Mr.Bujalski's are cut off from theirs, and able to communicate only by painful, semi-ironic indirection.. It is a small, plain movie, shot in 16 millimeter in dull locations around Boston; but also, like its passive, quizzical heroine, it is unexpectedly seductive, and even, in its own stubborn,hesitant way, beautiful." -- A.O. Scott, New York Times "Bujalski gets a great deal of help from his star, Kate Dollenmayer, who is so natural, she nearly convinces us that we're watching a documentary... Bujalski celebrates the awkwardness of twentysomething life, allowing Dollenmayer to create a beautifully authentic portrait." - New York Daily News "With her hunched adolescent posture, her eager smile, and her halo of niceness, Dollenmayer is lovely, vulnerable, genuine... Women in the audience will slip easily into Marnie's sneakers... Bujalski and Dollenmayer have a bright future." - Kyle Smith, New York Post "The final scene is as close to perfection as any Amerindie has come in recent memory-in a single reaction of Marnie's, we see a small but definite shift in perspective; abruptly, Bujalski stops the film, as if there's nothing more to say. It's a wonderful parting shot for a movie that locates the momentous in the mundane." - Dennis Lim, Village Voice
Awards 2005 NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW: Best Actress - Kate Dollenmayer (2nd runner up behind winner Reese Witherspoon for WALK THE LINE and runner-up Keira Knightely for PRIDE AND PREJUDICE) "2005 Top Ten Films" - New York Times, Film Comment & Boston Phoenix 2004 Independent Spirit "Someone to Watch" Award One of the "New Faces of Indie Film" Filmmaker Magazine Special Jury Prize, Performance by Ensemble Cast Sidewalk Moving Pictures Festival Most Promising New Filmmaker Award Northampton Independent Film Festival

Synopsis
Critically accalimed by the New York Times and Film Comment as one of the best films of 2005, Andrew Bujalski's debut feature film, FUNNY HA HA, is true US independent filmmaking at its best.

When you graduate college you easily sashy into the world of adulthood, start a career, and get serious, right? Wrong. Marnie (Kate Dollenmayer) has left college, but not her drinking habits and her bad taste in men. What's more, Marnie can't seem to find a permanent job. It would be sad if it weren't so funny.

Drawing on key influences such as John Cassavetes, Mike Leigh and Richard Linklater, Bujalski's honest depiction of today's disillusioned and somewhat aimless youth is a breath of fresh air in today's clustered independent film world intent on imitation rather than displaying a unique and fresh perspective of life as does Bujalski here in his impressive debut.
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