Mark (Daniel London) has a house, a job and a pregnant wife. His old friend Kurt (played by singer/songwriter Will Oldham, also known as 'Bonnie Prince Billie'), who lives a free and easy life, calls to ask whether Mark feels like spending a weekend walking in the mountains. These thirty-somethings have seen less and less of each other in recent years - that's just how it goes. As far as Mark is concerned, it's a welcome outing, briefly being without any responsibilities. For Kurt, it is one of his many carefree adventures. Old Joy shows their road trip to the Cascade Mountains to the east of Portland, Oregon, the long walk to a spring in a primeval forest and the way back. Using few words, the old mates try to understand and justify one another and their respective ways of life. But the gap between them seems too big for a nostalgic return to the old joy they once shared together. Old Joy is based on a novel by Jonathan Raymond from Portland, Oregon, and Todd Haynes (also from Portland) was executive producer. Landscape plays an important role in this painstaking and rather meditative film, and the subject is dealt with particularly in the beautiful silences (this may be the reason why the film has been screened at some festivals in the 'experimental' section - no ulterior motive, but a rather strange choice). Composed and moving. (GT)

Filmmaker
Kelly Reichardt
Premiere
International première
Country
USA
Year
2005
Medium
PAL
Length
76’
Language
English
Producer
Parts & Labor Films, Lars Knudsen, Neil Kopp
Sales
Parts & Labor Films
Writer
Jonathan Raymond, Kelly Reichardt, based on a novel by Jonathan Raymond
Cinematography
Peter Sillen
Editor
Kelly Reichardt
Sound Design
Gabriel Fleming
Music
Yo La Tengo
Cast
Will Oldham, Tanya Smith