This movie has gotten a lot of incredible press. Some have even likened it to the French New Wave. I guess I can kind of see that if you boil the French New Wave down to its basics - young people hanging out in apartments shot in black and white. And I suppose maybe there are some links to Jules and Jim.
I liked this movie well enough but I didn't love it. Maybe it was because I wanted more of the Korean character? Maybe it was because it was at least partially about Williamsburg hipsters and I don't need to pay ten bucks to see them. Maybe it was because I liked Bujalski's previous film (Funny Ha Ha) a lot more? That film had a main character that I felt like I knew in real life and one that I could root for despite how painful it was to watch at times. This one didn't really have anyone for me to get behind.
Still, Bujalski does have a gift for capturing real life on film - the pace of a conversation, the awkward silences, the boredom. I'll definitely give him that. I'm interested to see his next film. Unlike the last film I saw in the theaters (Half Nelson) that continues to grow on me, this one hasn't risen much in my estimation in the week since I've seen it.
Director: Andrew Bujalski
2005, Year of Wide Release - 2006
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