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MUTUAL APPRECIATION (2005)

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"Mutual Appreciation is more than a new twist on the romantic comedy, more than a pitch-perfect period piece about the period we're all living in...At the heart of Mutual Appreciation is an urgent need to get onscreen the warp and woof of an unraveled social fabric--and help stitch it up with honesty and love...And with the exception of Pootie Tang (2001), it may also be the best film ever shot (partly) in that purgatory of hip called Williamsburg, Brooklyn." --Nathan Lee, Slate "Even though he's only made two movies, Andrew Bujalski is, as I write this, one of my favorite American filmmakers...The people who populate Bujalski's films are, in their own stuttering, kind, humorous and casual way, constantly attempting to better understand themselves...You can become so wholly immersed in the atmosphere and characters that you're left with no choice but to be disappointed when the end credits pop up. I can't shower this praise on many (any?) filmmakers currently working...It's time more people take notice." --Warren Curry, Entertainment Insiders


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Catalogue No. ACC0058
SRP A$24.95
APN 9333723000585
DVD Release Date 9 May 2007
Director Andrew Bujalski
Producer Ethan Vogt
Cast Justin Rice, Rachel Clift, Andrew Bujalski, Seung-Min Lee, Kevin Micka, Bill Morrison, Pamela Cork
Genre Comedy Drama
Rating M (Moderate coarse language)
Run Time 110 minutes
Visual Format 1.66:1
Audio Format Stereo
Language English
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Quotes "Mutual Appreciation is more than a new twist on the romantic comedy, more than a pitch-perfect period piece about the period we're all living in...At the heart of Mutual Appreciation is an urgent need to get onscreen the warp and woof of an unraveled social fabric--and help stitch it up with honesty and love...And with the exception of Pootie Tang (2001), it may also be the best film ever shot (partly) in that purgatory of hip called Williamsburg, Brooklyn." --Nathan Lee, Slate "Even though he's only made two movies, Andrew Bujalski is, as I write this, one of my favorite American filmmakers...The people who populate Bujalski's films are, in their own stuttering, kind, humorous and casual way, constantly attempting to better understand themselves...You can become so wholly immersed in the atmosphere and characters that you're left with no choice but to be disappointed when the end credits pop up. I can't shower this praise on many (any?) filmmakers currently working...It's time more people take notice." --Warren Curry, Entertainment Insiders
Awards *** WINNER *** BEST DIRECTOR *** *** SIDEWALK MOVING PICTURE FESTIVAL *** *** WINNER *** BEST SCREENPLAY *** *** NEWPORT INT'L FILM FESTIVAL *** *** WINNER *** BEST DIRECTOR ***

Synopsis
In Mutual Appreciation, director Andrew Bujalski, the new darling of US indie filmmaking, creates a totally fresh and invigorating picture of 20-something modern America.

A likeably loose, New York slacker romp through post-collegiate anomie, awkward courtship rituals and uncomfortable silences, Bujalski's unique riff on a familiar theme is devoid of the pretension that you might expect. Instead, it relies on honesty and simple humility to communicate its charms.

Set in New York City, the story is filtered through the experience of Alan (Justin Rice), an indie rock musician trying to go solo, all the while rather poorly suppressing his growing attraction to Ellie, the girlfriend of his best friend, college tutor Lawrence (Bujalski). Hitting all the right notes of ego, anxiety and affability as Alan, Justin Rice is a great screen presence and his exchanges with Rachel Clift (Ellie) are worth the price of admission alone. Alan endeavours to keep his shoulder to the wheel while Ellie finds herself compelled by him. The attraction is mutual but both parties are reluctant to take the next step.

As one Variety critic noted, if John Cassavetes had directed a script by Eric Rohmer, the result might have looked and sounded like Mutual Appreciation.
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