The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, May 27-June 2

05/27/2015 7:02 AM |

mutual appreciation

Mutual Appreciation (2005)
Directed by Andrew Bujalski
Uneven lighting and musical performances recorded on what sound like on-camera mikes bolster the sense of scrappy DIY creativity in early 21st-century Brooklyn that is the subject of Mutual Appreciation, a low-budget indie about the kinds of people who might make a low-budget indie. A cast gifted at offhand delivery and squirmingly funny body language brings writer-director-editor-costar Bujalski’s smart script vividly to life. Good with women, as always, Bujalski puts his most insightful and forthright character Ellie (Rachel Clift), the center of a tentative romantic triangle, at the center of the movie as well. The dialogue sounds improvised, thanks to Bujalski’s deftness at capturing that millennial way of talking that manages to be both self-effacingly diffident and disarmingly direct. Elise Nakhnikian (May 28, 8pm at IFC Center’s “Celluloid Dreams,” with 10th-anniversary post-screening Q&A featuring Bujalski and Alex Karpovsky)