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Old Joy (2006) – starring Will Oldham

Old Joy (2006)

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Writers: Jonathan Raymond & Kelly Reichardt

A beautiful, subtle, meditative film, wonderfully co-written and directed by Kelly Reichardt.

This film is less about what happens, than what doesn’t happen.

Will Oldham, as well as being the finest songwriter of his generation, isn’t half bad as an actor too. In fact, the first time I ever saw Oldham was in John Sayles’s majestic Matewan, back in 1987, wherein Will, at the age of 17, portrayed a teen preacher in this film about an Appalachian mining community, in a mesmerising performance .

We have already posted loads of Willy music stuff here:

If you’re an action-obsessed popcorn-chewer, this will not be your thing! Far from it! If you’re a moron like that, you won’t be a fan of Oldham’s wonderful music either, so stay far away and keep listening to Bon Jovi!

OLD JOY is the story of two old friends, Kurt (Will Oldham) and Mark (Daniel London), who reunite for a weekend camping trip in the Cascade mountain range east of Portland, Oregon.

OLD JOY 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 battle.

When they arrive at their final destination, a hot spring in an old growth forest, they must either confront the divergent paths they have taken, or somehow transcend their growing tensions in an act of forgiveness and mourning.

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August 23, 2008 Posted by | Kelly Reichardt, Will Oldham, _CINEMA | Leave a comment