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: January 21, 2005
DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
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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.

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

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

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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