One of the first stories from the mumblecore trend. It’s the story of Harmony, a thirty year-old musician trying to overcome a breakup.
Bob Byington says his fourth film is “a physical comedy about longing,” but Roger Ebert delivers a more precise definition, describing it as the opposite of Richard Linklater’s Waking Life. Harmony (who according to the director was inspired in his view of Harmony Korine) wanders around Austin a year after his breakup, without being able to move past his loneliness, and his questionable unhappiness bores out a diverse group of family and friends, who are the true core of the film. The constant disappointment takes over the still face of protagonist Justin Rice –leader of the band Bishop Allen and one of the multiple connections between the cinemas of Byngton and Andrew Bujalski. In Harmony and Me, Byngton shows many of his influences, from the directors mentioned above, but thanks to the traction of constant senseless humor, the film frees itself completely from solemnity. NB
D, G: Bob Byington F: Jim Eastburn E: Frank V. Ross, Jacob Vaughan DA: Yvonne Boudreaux S: Chris Keyland, Keith Poulson M: Dominique Preyer P: Jennifer Hallmark, Kristen Tucker PE: Stuart Bohart, Anish Savjani CP: Film Science
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He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA in 1971. He directed several films, including RSO (2008) and Harmony and Me (2009) and 7 Chinese Brothers (2014), screened at this edition of Bafici. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.