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.”

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.




“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