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Now ForagerNow, Forager Now, Forager

DIRECTED BY: Jason Cortlund, Julia Halperin 
STARRING: Jason Cortlund, Tiffany Esteb
USA, 2012, 93 min
Lucien and Regina are foragers - they gather wild mushrooms and sell them to New York restaurants.


    Lucien and Regina are foragers - They gather wild mushrooms in the woodlands of New Jersey and sell them to restaurants in New York. Their lifestyle is simple, their income unstable. To improve their financial security and to follow a more fulfilling personal career path, Regina decides to take a job cooking at a high-end restaurant. Lucien disapproves and instead, he proposes to give up their apartment and live as full-time itinerant foragers. As individual desires take them down divergent paths over the course of a year, their marriage slowly comes apart.



    "An earnest, absorbing drama set at the intersection of countercultural idealism and gastronomical sophistication."
    - The Oregonian

  • 3 1/2 Stars
    - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

  • "'NOW, FORAGER' has charm, intelligence and a cool passion for its principled characters - an appealing off-menu slice of for hungry indie admirers"
    - LA Times

  • "...Self-assembles something profound and elegant."
    - Huffington Post

  • "Plays like Scenes From a Marriage for foodies."
    - Village Voice

  • "NOW, FORAGER is a creative, experimental, and heartfelt film that I enjoyed every minute of."
    - Mike Birbiglia, Writer/Director of SLEEPWALK WITH ME

  • "One of the most pungent and unself-conscious films about downward mobility."

  • "Like its mushroom-hunting protagonist Cortlund and Halperin try to stick to a certain local tradition of storytelling, a lyrical form of American filmmaking, that stays connected to its cultural habitat."
    - De Film Krant

  • "...Exhibits quiet strength with its visual beauty and subtle observation of both nature and people."
    - Meniscus

  • "It's one of these American independents that reminded me of decades past in its simplicity and quiet nature. It doesn't aim to excite or shock, it really aims just to tell its story on its own terms."
    - New Directors / New Films



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