Adults in their 20s circle each other, their bodies in motion, with occasional attractions and lots of talk. Alan is a musician, just down to New York from Boston, hanging out with his friend Lawrence and Lawrence’s girlfriend Ellie. Alan and Ellie are on a bed talking: is this prelude or possibility? Sara, who has interviewed Alan for the radio, seems attracted to Alan, but Alan may not be so sure. They, too, sit on the edge of a bed. He has a gig; it goes well. How should he handle Sara? Has the moment with Ellie passed? Do things play out or does time merely pass as bodies move through space? —IMDb
Andrew Bujalski, born April 29, 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts, is an American film director, screenwriter and actor, who has been called the “Godfather of Mumblecore.”
Bujalski, born in Boston in 1977, is the son of an artist-turned-businesswoman, Sheila Dubman, and a businessman, Edmund Bujalski. Andrew studied film at Harvard’s Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, where the Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman was his thesis advisor.
He shot his first feature, Funny Ha Ha, in 2002, and followed it with Mutual Appreciation in 2003 – though neither film received theatrical distribution until 2005 and 2006, respectively. Bujalski wrote both screenplays, and appears as an actor, playing a major role in both films. In 2006, he appeared as an actor and contributed to the screenplay of the Joe Swanberg film Hannah Takes the Stairs.
As of April, 2007, Bujalski is in Austin, Texas, where he is preparing to shoot his third independent… read more
Excellent second feature from the so-called godfather of mumblecore. The film works because the characters though leading uninteresting lives are really anything but. The b&w images wonderously capture that feeling of early twenties' angst; the uncertainty of decisions, the wanderlust, that late night/early morning 'does it matter' soul searching. Can see why it has the reputation it has and its polarizing effect.
Having the parents of cast & crew supply the commentary track was a stroke of genius.
Black and White, 16mm. It's just like Cassavetes' Faces, except the characters are hollow, the dialogue was written by a stoned 14 year old, and it sucks. Even the mildly intriguing final 30 minutes couldn't save this.
after turning Funny Ha Ha off after 40 minutes of excruciating boredom a la attempting(and failing) at Cassavetes aesthetic, i gave this film a view and actually made it all the way through to the end. The dialogue was good and simple, the acting wasn't overly boring and the story wasn't hard to follow but overall, not something I would reccomend for a second view. One should be enough and the wig scene was great.
Andrew Bujalski's one of the most distinctive directors of drama to emerge in the last decade. The elements that define his work are instantly
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Andrew Bujalski surpasses his great debut feature Funny Ha Ha and delivers one of the best indie films of the noughties. Like it’s predecessor, the film sticks to documentary-like… read review