Old Joy by Kelly Reichardt |Daniel London, Will Oldham | 738329050429 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Old Joy

Old Joy

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Director: Kelly Reichardt

Cast: Daniel London, Will Oldham

     
 
Old Joy is writer/director Kelly Reichardt's long-awaited follow-up to her revered but underseen 1994 feature debut, River of Grass. (She directed a couple of shorts in the interim, including Ode, a Super-8 film inspired by the song "Ode to Bill.") Daniel London and cult folksinger Will Oldham star in the film as

Overview

Old Joy is writer/director Kelly Reichardt's long-awaited follow-up to her revered but underseen 1994 feature debut, River of Grass. (She directed a couple of shorts in the interim, including Ode, a Super-8 film inspired by the song "Ode to Bill.") Daniel London and cult folksinger Will Oldham star in the film as two old friends who go on a camping trip to a hot springs in the Cascade mountain range of Oregon. London's Mark is the responsible one with the modest house, the wife (who resents his gallivanting off), the dog (who comes along), and the baby on the way. He listens to Air America, and makes all the right liberal noises. Oldham's Kurt is the free-spirit type with the untamed facial hair and the junker car that looks more lived-in than vehicular. Kurt suggests the trip, and they take Mark's car. Kurt has the directions to the place, and they get lost ("I think we're somewhere...in the area") and spend the night at a garbage-strewn campsite, where they discuss their lives, and Kurt laments the apparent dissolution of their friendship. In the morning, they have breakfast in a diner, and Mark apologizes to Tanya (Tanya Smith) over the phone, explaining that he'll be home later than expected. In the daylight, they find the hot springs, and spend the afternoon quietly unwinding. Reichardt co-wrote Old Joy with Jonathan Raymond, adapting his short story, which was originally written as a collaboration with photographer Justine Kurland. It was shot (on Super-16) by Peter Sillen and features a soundtrack by Yo La Tengo. The film was selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art for inclusion in the 2006 edition of New Directors/New Films.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Kelly Reichardt makes a triumphant return to feature filmmaking with the gorgeously elegiac road movie, Old Joy. Collaborating with writer Jonathan Raymond, cinematographer Peter Sillen, and actors Will Oldham and Daniel London, and utilizing and perfectly attuned original score by Yo La Tengo, Reichardt has crafted a deeply intimate, personal, and true-to-life story of two estranged friends on a camping trip. Even more remarkably, Old Joy subtly delivers a devastatingly incisive political message that speaks volumes about the failures of liberalism in the age of "Dubya." In the end, Mark (London) clings to his virtuous ideology (look at the pleasure he gets in listening to Air America, or in his own outrage at an overheard comment about the war) much more tightly than he clings to his friendship with Kurt (Oldham), who actually lives his life by those ideals, and suffers for it. But the characters are far from mere symbols. Much of the film's dry humor and poignancy derives from the extent to which London and Oldham individuate them and flesh them out. With its long tracking shots across the backwoods mountain roads of Oregon, Old Joy could be mistaken for a landscape film, but the landscape it maps is as much spiritual as it is physical, and the personal story it tells is inescapably political, just as the form of Reichardt's quiet, deliberate, and beautifully shot movie, with its abundance of visual and verbal wit, perfectly suits the slow burn of its content -- its achingly exquisite tale of reconciliation and abandonment.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2007
UPC:
0738329050429
Original Release:
2005
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Colorized]
Time:
1:16:00
Sales rank:
40,631

Special Features

Feature-length audio commentary by director Kelly Reichardt, cinematographer Peter Sillen and filmmaker Michael Almereyda; Theatrical trailer; A slide show of production stills

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Old Joy
1. Opening Titles [7:28]
2. Reunion [5:39]
3. The Journey [7:35]
4. Seeking a Path [5:44]
5. Fireside Chat [9:36]
6. Final Outpost [6:08]
7. Ascension [5:59]
8. The Hot Springs [5:25]
9. Communion [8:04]
10. Descent [3:59]
11. City Lights [3:59]
12. Kurt Alone [3:41]

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