Cast: Justin Rice, Rachel Clift, Andrew Bujalski, Seung-Min Lee
Studio: Arbelos Films
Catalog #: AR0002BD
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Picture Format:Anamorphic WS 1.66:1
Audio Format:Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Arbelos Films Presents MUTUAL APPRECIATION – Indie auteur Andrew
Bujalski’s character study of 20-somethings in contemporary New York City –
never before released on Blu-ray!
An instant critic’s darling
upon its release in 2006, MUTUAL APPRECIATION is at once an utterly timeless and
distinctly mid-aughts portrait of the ebb and flow of twenty-something life in
New York City. Richly observed and deeply humanist, the film follows Alan
(Justin Rice), an aspiring musician, who crash-lands in town following the
breakup of his band in Boston, immediately taking up with his old friends Ellie
(Rachel Clift) and Lawrence (writer-director Andrew Bujalski) while negotiating
the affections of a local radio DJ (Seung-Min Lee). In the tradition of Éric
Rohmer, John Cassavetes and Jacques Rivette, Bujalski crafts a deft yet
unassuming generational statement that finds its inspiration less in plot than
in sharply drawn relationships and captivating conversations. Lovingly lensed in
intimate 16mm black & white film, MUTUAL APPRECIATION is a generous and witty
ode to the friendships that hallmark our awkward and enthralling post-collegiate
Mutual Appreciation, along with 2002’s equally lauded FUNNY HA
HA, signaled the triumphant arrival of indie auteur Bujalski, who has gone on to
write and direct a suite of critically acclaimed features including BEESWAX
(2009), COMPUTER CHESS (2013), RESULTS (2015) and 2018’s SUPPORT THE GIRLS.
- New 2K restoration from the original 16mm camera negative. - A
Kind of Professionalism, a new video interview with Andrew Bujalski.
- Peoples House (2007), a short film by Andrew Bujalski. - “Vampira”
video introduction. - Interjections and Observations from the Parents
of the Cast and Crew. - U.S. Theatrical Re-release Trailer. - New
essays by Damien Chazelle and Will Sheff.
- This wonderful independent film MUTUAL APPRECIATION… may make your
heart swell. --Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
- …the fresh
voice of a generation. --Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
If John Cassavetes had directed a script by Eric Rohmer, the result
might have looked and sounded like MUTUAL APPRECIATION. --Joe Leydo,
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