Old Joy Poster

Release Date: September 20th, 2006

DVD Release Date: May 1st, 2007

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 16 min

Plot Summary
Soon to be a father, Mark (Daniel London) feels the pressure of domestic responsibility closing in, so he is more than happy to accept when his old friend Kurt (Will Oldham) proposes a camping trip in the Oregon wilderness. During their time together, the men come to grips with the changes in their lives and the effect on their relationship.

Cast: Will Oldham, Daniel London, Tanya Smith, Robin Rosenberg, Keri Moran

Director: Kelly Reichardt

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Film Science, Washingston Square Films, Van Hoy/Knudsen Productions

Distributors: Kino International

Keywords: 2000s, Endearing, Emotional, Friendship, Father, Friend, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A precise, subtle and emotionally affecting portrait of the fraying friendship between two men, director Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy is an increasingly rare sort of American independent film: It aspires to be something other than a Hollywood movie with less money. show more

  • Without relying on dialogue, and once again making good but sparing use of Yo La Tengo's toasty guitar soundtrack, Reichardt proves herself a filmmaker with a masterful sense of the expressive purity of the passing moment. show more

  • Kurt and Mark's trip to those hot springs is a figurative return to Eden. Anyone who's had a disillusioning reunion with a moony old friend knows what Mark discovers: They're too old to stay that innocent. None of this hit me until after the movie ended. But it hit me hard: You can't go home again. show more

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