Mutual Appreciation (15)

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Bujalski's first film Funny Ha Ha attracted praise a few weeks back for its zero-budget portrait of twenty-somethings caught in extended adolescence. This one tackles the same demographic - the protagonist Alan used to be in an indie band that broke up, and now he's living in New York, short on money, responsibility and emotions, while he tries to get his career off the ground. Again, the grainy, black-and-white look and the characters' ethos dovetail perfectly.