The Joy of Life
The Joy of Life (2005)

The sixty-five minute, avant-garde experimental film Joy of Life opens as a feature on the day-to-day experiences of a militant lesbian in the San Francisco Bay area, and her bittersweet, occasionally heartbreaking search for love and lust.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 25, 2006
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rob Nelson
Village Voice

The result is gently hypnotic.

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Eric Campos
Film Threat

The Joy of Life is an experimental film with an experiment that works.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

There are flashes of brilliant observation that make it worth seeing. And rather important as well.

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Scott Foundas
Variety

The Olson/Dodge text has the purplish, overwritten quality of a first year writing student's exercises, but pic's investigation into the bridge's tainted iconography is lucid and precise.

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Dennis Harvey
San Francisco Bay Guardian

The Joy of Life is a cinematic love poem of sorts, just semirequited, as most things involving love are.

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Kim Voynar
Cinematical

Jenni Olson draws a stark portrait of loneliness and despair, tinged with hope, in The Joy of Life.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Once in a while a smart artist has an idea for a project that, when explained, sounds pretty boring. But in the viewing, it's actually quite intoxicating.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

An essay on loss and suicide that nevertheless transcends its own gloom to become a cool, gray, gorgeous tone poem, the epitome of doomed San Francisco romanticism.

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Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper

The Joy of Life combines intriguing but incompatible parts.

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