My friend Joe, who is very supportive of this blog and a promising filmmaker, told me about the movie, and asked me to avoid reading about it before seeing the film.
So I put Drinking Buddies on the DVD player suspecting that I've already seen bits of it on cable TV. And that was true. I was familiar with two scenes, but other than that, I didn't know about the characters or the story actually.
I've just seen it, and was curious to read about it on imdb.com. The trivia describes how it was shoot entirely by improvisation. That fact explains a lot why the movie has a natural feeling around the characters. The good acting is another factor in its favor. The cast had only the outline of each character and the story, and made a great job developing a melancholy story about love, friendship and how hard and confusing life and relationships can be.
The process of making this movie probably was amazing. Improvisation as a method of filmmaking I particularly consider with both wonder and suspicion. I've read a thesis about how John Cassavetes chose mainly to work with an outlined script, filming mostly by improvisation, with amazing results. Its like a laboratory in filmmaking, a daring intent and one that can reach the viewer in surprising ways.
In Drinking Buddies, the feeling was one of closeness with the story and characters, to a point that I thought I have knew them for a long time. Olivia Wilde's Kate is very familiar to me, and I would have a lot of problems being her friend, despite admiring who can be so disconnected about practical aspects. I think life is easier this way, even if a bit messier.
An afterthought: the main scenario is a small brewery, and I really envied (I was actually green of envy) these new old friends of mine that got the opportunity to access so many kinds of brew in their working place. I suggest a nice pale ale to accompany you in this movie, if you choose to see it :)
|Drinking Buddies. Directed and written by Joe Swanberg (who make a brief|
cameo). With: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Linvingston.
US, 2013, 90 min., Color (DVD).
PS: Sense8, by The Wackowskis, seems amazingly good. Today I've saw the first episode.