Michelle Kung
February 10, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

In Metropolitan, the first installment of director Whit Stillman’s urban nightlife trilogy (which also includes Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco), a group of preppy college freshmen debate French socialism and Mansfield Park as they aimlessly drift through a haze of Christmas balls and after-parties. Told from the vantage point of outsider (read: Upper West Sider) Tom Townsend (Clements), this witty yet wistful dream of a film smartly zeros in on the universal desire to belong. EXTRAS An insightful commentary featuring Stillman, editor Christopher Tellefsen, and costars Eigeman and Taylor Nichols is full of colorful anecdotes about the shoot — most of which revolve around the $96,000 film’s lack of funding and the resulting resourcefulness (a gaggle of actors pile into a closet subbing as an elevator). The indie’s low production values — and Stillman’s increasing ease with the camera — are highlighted in a number of outtakes and deleted scenes ranging from blurry night shots of the Plaza to delicate close-ups of the cast.

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