Ode to Joy (film)

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Ode to Joy
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJason Winer
Screenplay byMax Werner
Produced by
  • Mike Falbo
  • Jason Winer
  • Michael Lasker
  • Jimmy Miller
  • Ira Glass
  • Alissa Shipp
  • Pamela Thur
CinematographyDavid Robert Jones
Edited byPeter Teschner
Music byJeremy Turner
Mosaic Media[2]
Small Dog Picture Company[2]
Distributed byIFC Films
Release dates
  • April 4, 2019 (2019-04-04) (RiverRun International Film Festival)[1]
  • August 9, 2019 (2019-08-09) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States[2]
Box office$17,303 [3][2]

Ode to Joy is a 2019 American romantic comedy film starring Martin Freeman and Morena Baccarin. The film premiered at the 2019 RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and was released theatrically on August 9, 2019.[4]


Charlie (Martin Freeman) is a Brooklyn-based librarian in his forties suffering from cataplexy, causing him to faint whenever he experiences strong emotions, especially joy.[4] Upon meeting the charming and free-spirited Francesca (Morena Baccarin), Charlie falls in love but sets her up with his brother Cooper (Jake Lacy) instead because of his condition.[5]



The film is based on a true story by Chris Higgins originally aired on This American Life.[6][7]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 48% of 31 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.9/10.[8] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 38 out of 100, based on seven critics, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.[9]


  1. ^ "Ode to Joy". RiverRun International Film Festival. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ode to Joy (2019)". The Numbers. IMDb. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Ode to Joy (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Nolfi, Joey (9 July 2019). "Martin Freeman suffers bizarre romantic mishaps in quirky Ode to Joy trailer". Entertainment. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  5. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (14 July 2019). "'Ode to Joy' Trailer: Martin Freeman Avoids Dating Morena Baccarin Due to Rare Condition". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  6. ^ Billington, Alex (10 July 2019). "First Trailer for 'Ode to Joy' with Martin Freeman & Morena Baccarin". First Showing. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  7. ^ "FAQ; Do stories from the radio show ever get turned into movies?". This American Life. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Ode to Joy". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 1 December 2023. Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ "Ode to Joy". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved 4 December 2022.

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