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"...literate but not literary, crafted without ostentation, rooted in a specific place and devoted to small sensations." - J. Hoberman, the Village Voice
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Kelly Reichardt's film is deceptively simple. In truth it is simply complex. Will Oldham and Daniel London deliver quietly powerful and very realistic performances as two reunited friends. A weekend of camping and hiking in the mountains of Oregon takes a heavy turn as both men grapple with their lives, their choices and their friendship. Always emotionally insightful and genuine, Old Joy is a unsentimentally touching and unsettling journey. Not to be missed.
A dreamy weekend of two old friends with great music. There's also anguish, acceptance and love. A quiet little gem of a movie.
I did not relate to the film. For me it was slow and dull; there was unrealized potential for scenery, for humor, for a story.
The scenery alone is worth seeing this movie, The conversation is meaningless no real acting. Just 2 guys hanging out. Kinda boring. I expected .more.
I suppose the characterization of the film that appears in the blurb is accurate, except that I see the film as a study of friendship as well as a coming of age study. The dialog that speaks the most to me is Mark's reassurance to his friend, "I never doubted you, man." The fact, too, that Mark fends off his wife's phone calls asking when he would be home shows the importance Mark places on his friendship with his old friend. I think, also, that the silences enjoyed by the old friends speaks to their comfort with and acceptance of one another.
I can relate to Mark with his pregnant wife and an old friend calls up and wants to relive the old days but it ain't the same. Mark he thinks back on the past and how it's different now he is married and is a father. The soundtrack is good. Better than reality TV right?
What was that? That was the worste movie I've ever seen! Was that some kind of underlying homosexual , I'm the other half here,and I thought there was homo/type matter also,but maybe even homo/cide!;]LOL!!!!!!!............