Perceptive comedy around an incipient ménage-a-trois set on the fringes of the indie-pop world in hipster Brooklyn. “Nails the walk and talk of twentysomething iPeople like nothing else.”— Slate
Screened as part of NZIFF 2006
Andrew Bujalski’s funny and perceptive observation of an incipient ménage à trois is set on the fringes of the indie-pop world in hipster Brooklyn. Alan, an aspiring alt-rocker, arrives in town, and tries to stay focused on finding a drummer, but succumbs to numerous distractions, including his good friend’s girlfriend. The scene is set for a deadpan comedy of pregnant pauses, wordy uncertainty and chronic non-commitment. Working with a script tailored to a non-professional cast of friends, Bujalski applies the methods of Mike Leigh and John Cassavetes to skewer the exquisite self-consciousness of a new generation.
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