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The Joy of Life (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 19 January 2005 (USA)
A blending of documentary and experimental narrative strategies, combining stunning 16mm landscape cinematography with a bold, lyrical voice-over to share two San Francisco stories: the ... See full summary »

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Jenni Olson

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Jenni Olson
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Harry Dodge Harry Dodge ... Voiceover (as Harriet Dodge)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti ... Voiceover
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A blending of documentary and experimental narrative strategies, combining stunning 16mm landscape cinematography with a bold, lyrical voice-over to share two San Francisco stories: the history of the Golden Gate Bridge as "suicide landmark," and the story of a butch dyke in San Francisco searching for love and self-discovery. The Joy of Life is a film about landscapes, both physical and emotional. Written by Jenni Olson

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Voiceover: My therapist is getting on my nerves. She's always saying, "That must have been really hard for you."
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Soundtracks

The Coastline Rag
Composed by Weldon Kees
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Very personal film, but very moving
18 June 2005 | by LincMadSee all my reviews

Filmmaker Jenni Olson muses about her personal relationships and her "butch" identity, wondering whether taking such a masculine-ish identity is anti-feminist or even internally misogynistic. Most of the film is Jenni's voice over scenes of various neighborhoods in San Francisco, some almost static, others full of activity. The film then dives into a seemingly unrelated topic, suicide, most especially suicide from the Golden Gate Bridge, where a close friend jumped ten years ago. The connection is in the title of the film: The Joy of Life. Each of us must find our own joy of life, including comfort in our own gender identity and relationships.


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19 January 2005 (USA) See more »

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San Francisco, California, USA

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