Old Joy
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"Old Joy" is the story of two old friends, Kurt and Mark, who reunite for a weekend camping trip in the Cascade mountain range east of Portland, Oregon. It is a minimalist story of friendship, loss and alienation in the Bush era. For Mark, the weekend outing offers a respite from the pressure of his imminent fatherhood; for Kurt, it is part of a long series of carefree adventures. As the hours progress and the landscape evolves, the twin seekers move through a range of subtle emotions, enacting a pilgrimage of mutual confusion, sudden insight, and recurring intimations of spiritual… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"Old Joy may be built around a road trip, but it's also a movie about two roads -- and two souls -- diverging."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Such watchful reticence takes a bold, confident filmmaker."
‑ Jessica Winter, Time Out
"Old Joy is a weaker effort than Meek's Cutoff and Wendy and Lucy, sure, but still a key early step in the career of this impressive filmmaker."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"With exquisite tenderness and delicacy, Old Joy fluidly captures the all-too-frequent occurrence of friends drifting apart as their lives branch off in different directions."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"A subtle, elegant meditation on friendship and identity in a cultural moment where honest cultivation of either is treated like a luxury."
‑ Karina Longworth, Cinematical
"You may find yourself asking whether anything's going to happen. But for those who can tolerate a slow-brewing movie, [director] Reichardt's work provides sufficient rewards."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"At just 76 minutes, Old Joy is a minimalist film, but illuminating, bittersweet, gentle and deeply alive."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Interesting, but hardly the lo-fi triumph its reputation suggests."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Annoying, blank, and bereft of any narrative arc "Old Joy" has nothing familiar or enchanting to recommend it."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A minimalist stroll not worth taking...but if Old Joy doesn't do much, at least it doesn't do it for very long."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Subdued, artistic, with beautifully nuanced performances that are as true as they are often elusive of commercial triumph."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The characters stayed with me, and I'm glad I took a second look now that it's opening for a two-week run at Northwest Film Forum. This time around, its sense of humor seemed much more effective -- as did its less-is-more style."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"There are no big revelatory moments. There's no cliched conflict. But don't make the mistake of then assuming that Old Joy has no drama."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"The film is like a haiku that one can only interpret through their own experience."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Reichardt's low-budget feature, shot in one weekend with a skeleton crew, quietly observes both men and passes judgment on neither. It's a minimalist masterpiece."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
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