Old Joy

I recently became aware of this film because the director is starting to get a lot of press for her new movie, not to mention the accolades tossed her way by the director of Parasite.  I’ll say right up front that this isn’t a film for everyone.  It’s a film where nothing really happens but you get the feeling that a lot has happened or maybe already happened.  Why are they here?  Is there something going on between the two of them?  Or is it just a matter of each of them sharing in the knowledge that one of them can’t move to another station in life and the other is going to be dragged to a new station whether he likes it or not?  It seemed like there are so many questions wafting around that I ended up just pushing them in the background of my brain while I tried to be present with them on their short journey.

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Movie title: Old Joy

Movie description: Soon to be a father, Mark feels the pressure of domestic responsibility closing in, so he is more than happy to accept when his old friend Kurt proposes a camping trip in the Oregon wilderness. During their time together, the men come to grips with the changes in their lives and the effect on their relationship.

Date published: 2020-03-06

Director(s): Kelly Reichardt

Actor(s): Daniel London, Will Oldham, Tanya Smith, Robin Rosenberg, Keri Moran, Autumn Campbell, Steve Doughton, Matt McCormick, Darren Prolsen, Jillian Wieseneck

Genre: Drama

My Review

I recently became aware of this film because the director is starting to get a lot of press for her new movie, not to mention the accolades tossed her way by the director of Parasite.  I’ll say right up front that this isn’t a film for everyone.  It’s a film where nothing really happens but you get the feeling that a lot has happened or maybe already happened.  Why are they here?  Is there something going on between the two of them?  Or is it just a matter of each of them sharing in the knowledge that one of them can’t move to another station in life and the other is going to be dragged to a new station whether he likes it or not?  It seemed like there are so many questions wafting around that I ended up just pushing them in the background of my brain while I tried to be present with them on their short journey.

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