The title is important. Without it, the film is almost like its characters. Like if the characters of an Eric Rohmer film came through the screen and entered the real world, leaving Eric Rohmer behind. If this happens, it's because the film's soapy appeal sucks you in, but all subtlety and substance lie outside of that, in the shallow lukewarmth of their 'mutual appreciation'.
It looks like the New Wave at first sight but in a rather sticky way, both actors & music. And virtually nothing happens in these 109 minutes. === Ca ressemble à la Nouvelle Vague mais en lourd & collant, les acteurs, comme la musique. Et il ne s'y passe pratiquement rien.
Il arrive qu'une image semi-amateur, un noir et blanc un peu crade et un montage abrupt rendent service à un film : quand ces éléments s'harmonisent avec le rythme, le propos et le jeu des acteurs. Le flottement, la recherche incertaine, l'improvisation sont ici des mots d'ordre. Les dialogues ultra-naturalistes et l'évolution molle mais drôle des personnages forment un hybride épatant, entre Allen et Cassavetes.
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.
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.
Woody Allen never made a movie this good. The two scene's with Alan and Ellie on the bed are better than Allen's career. Bujalski doesn't write cute little funny skits with sitcom timing, he understands the nuances of conversation, and relationships better than most, especially Allen.