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THE FILMS OF KELLY REICHARDT
premieres April 19, 2016
OLD JOY (2006)
2006, 83m, USA
with Will Oldham, Daniel London, Tanya Smith; screenplay by: Jon Raymond, Kelly Reichardt; cinematography: Peter Sillen; produced by Lars Knudsen, Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani
Two longtime friends set on a weekend camping trip in the Oregon woods. One has remained faithful to the freewheeling life of their youth, avoiding any decisions that can’t be taken back. The other one has settled down, and is soon to become a father. He’s engaged with the local community, but wary of the changes his Portland neighborhood is undergoing with the influx of hipsters and money. Radio tuned constantly to Air America, he listens intently to the liberal hosts and their guests arguing about the causes of the USA’s downward spiral post–9/11. Along the way, the friends have a hard time finding topics of conversation that won’t cause tension, bringing moments of awkwardness and odd emotions for them both. In the end, they’ll either face off or find out what holds them together. The natural beauty of the countryside is underscored by Yo La Tengo’s music, while Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Billy, shows his talents as a character actor in this intimate piece of cinema.
“A triumph of modesty and of seriousness that also happens to be one of the finest American films of the year.” Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“As subtle, supple and beautifully fine-tuned a film as any American director has made in the past history.” Dennis Lim, THE VILLAGE VOICE
“THE BEST OF THE FEST...neither far-out nor hard to reach, but instead a soft spoken capaciuosly eloquent film.” Lisa Schwarzbaum, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
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