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Old Joy2006

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  • 3.8
"A triumph of modesty and of seriousness that also happens to be one of the finest American films of the year," sayeth the New York Times about Kelly Reichardt's eye-opening second feature, set in the woods of the Pacific Northwest and paced to the region's quiet rhythms. Two old friends reunite for a weekend hiking trip but find their lives may have already taken them in opposite directions: the job-holding, soon-to-be dad Mark (Daniel London) seems stable in both outlook and finances, whereas the mobility of the disheveled Kurt (indie singer Will Oldham) appears far more downward than upward. Through one atmospheric backpack ramble through the woods of Oregon's Cascade Mountains, OLD JOY details how friendships (and people) change through the years, and explores the difficult process of growing older and growing up, while still holding on to one's friends. For the New York Times (again), OLD JOY is "one of the most persuasive portraits of generational malaise and tentative hope to come from an American director in recent memory." - Jason Sanders

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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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Years of backstory within just a few sentences. The past is moving further and further into the rear view mirror and we scramble to make sense of it. In the meanwhile, there is this constant searching, little hope of resolution, but the searching persists. This climb is defined by plateaus, sprinkled with small moments, lessons to be learned, gestures of humanity, a journey for all of us to take in our own way.

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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.

If that was one of the 'finest American films of the year', it must have been a bad year. Mediocre, kind of interesting but not very engrossing. Very real, very boring characters in a beautiful setting. Nice dog!

Warning. This film is not for everybody and I mean that in the slightest tone of condescension. Keilly Reichardt is know for her plain slice of life films that rarely go anywhere. People consider them boring and pointless, but for me they are everything I look for in a film. We explore a very old and distant relationship between two men who haven't seen each other in years. The love and compassion for one another hasn't gone stale, but a very distinct undertone of tension is there . There's something there, but the film won't allow you to know everything. The film only allows you to live in the moment with the characters. The moment is everything in this film. So what if the climax is one guy massaging the other in a hot bath in the backwoods of Oregon? Like I said. Not for everyone.

fell flat. not interested or invested in either character. just book a flight to Portland-same difference.

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!!!!!!!............