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Old Joy (2006)

 -  Drama  -  26 January 2007 (UK)
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Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.

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Tanya
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Keri Moran ...
Lawnmower
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Weed Salesman
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Homeless Man
Jillian Wieseneck ...
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Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.

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26 January 2007 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,310 (USA) (25 August 2006)

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$255,352 (USA) (4 May 2007)
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Trivia

The dog's name is Lucy, which is also the name of the dog in Wendy and Lucy (2008) - a film also directed by Kelly Reichardt from a story written by Jon Raymond. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, they are on Hwy 30 near the St. Johns Bridge, driving in the direction of Astoria, which is AWAY from the hot springs they are going to. Then suddenly, inexplicably, they're in Colton, and heading towards the hot springs. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kurt: [on answering machine] Hey, it's Kurt. I'm calling you, I'm in town, and I'm just hoping you're around. I don't know if you're there or what. Pick it up, man. You will not regret it.
Mark: Hey, Kurt... So you're here?... Where you staying?... Yeah, thanks, the rumors are true... Nah, we didn't what to know... Oh yeah, whatcha got, lay it on me... Sure, I can be in to that... I could use some time in the woods, absolutely...
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Crazy Credits

A disclaimer says that the Bagby Hot Springs does not allow nudity or the consumption of alcoholic beverages. See more »

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References Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) See more »

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Maybe overpraised, but worth watching
8 June 2009 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Having watched this after Wendy and Lucy, and listened to her interview with Terry Gross, it's easy to see that this is a filmmaker with a strong still photography background. Her style seems to be aimed at directly conveying the characters' experience with naturalistic dialog and long POV shots. Since we're looking at a strained relationship here, the dialog is pretty sparse. As a Portland resident, I know that Ms. Reichardt was picking locales that would convey a sense of industrial blight and decay, rather than just photographing a trip from Portland to Bagby Hot Springs.

Even though the cinematography is first-rate, I can't say that this is a masterpiece of visual storytelling, where the settings convey the tension that lies behind the long silences, or Kurt's eruptions of angst between tokes. There just isn't enough going on between Kurt and Mark to make a movie here. So Kurt is trying to conjure some of the magic of his twenties as a trenchant reality closes in - I would have liked to see more of a reaction from Mark than a series of WTF looks.

Artists who have successfully worked this ground, Raymond Carver, Bergman, Chekov, have done so with meticulous craftsmanship. Just to drop another name, William Faulkner talked about how much harder it is to write a good short story than a novel. Ms. Reichardt did a better job in her next film, Wendy and Lucy, in filling out the film style that she wants to create with a narrative that provides the viewer with a reason to sit and watch.


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