Old Joy

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Old Joy
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Directed by Kelly Reichardt
Produced by
Written by Kelly Reichardt
Based on a short story 
by Jonathan Raymond
Starring Will Oldham
Daniel London
Music by Yo La Tengo
Cinematography Peter Sillen
Edited by Kelly Reichardt
Production
  company
  • Film Science
  • Van Hoy/Knudsen Productions
  • Washington Square Films
Release date(s)
  • January 2006 (2006-01) (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time 76 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Old Joy is a 2006 road movie directed by Kelly Reichardt and based on a short story by Jonathan Raymond.[1] The original soundtrack for the film was by Yo La Tengo and is included on the compilation soundtrack album They Shoot, We Score.

Synopsis[edit]

Old Joy tells the story of two friends, Kurt (Will Oldham) and Mark (Daniel London), as they reunite for a weekend camping trip in the Cascade mountain range and Bagby Hot Springs, east of Portland, Oregon. The film is a story of friendship, loss and alienation. For Mark, the weekend outing offers a respite from the pressure of his imminent fatherhood. Tagging along for the ride is Lucy, Mark's dog (played by Reichardt's dog of the same name).

Critical reception[edit]

Old Joy received highly favorable reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 85% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 80 reviews — with the consensus that "a serene, melancholy beauty permeates this meditative film."[2] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 84 out of 100, based on 24 reviews.[3] The New York Times called it "one of the finest American films of the year".[4]

The film appeared on several critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2006.[5]

The film also won awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the Sarasota Film Festival. Neil Kopp won the Producer's Award at the Independent Spirit Awards for his work on Old Joy and Paranoid Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manohla Dargis, 'A Journey Through Forests and a Sense of Regret', New York Times, September 20, 2006, [1].
  2. ^ "Old Joy Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Old Joy (2006): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  4. ^ Dargis, op cit
  5. ^ "Metacritic: 2006 Film Critic Top Ten Lists". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 2008-04-05. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 

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