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Old Joy (2006)

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


Kelly Reichardt
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Credited cast:
Daniel London ... Mark
Will Oldham ... Kurt
Tanya Smith Tanya Smith ... Tanya
Robin Rosenberg Robin Rosenberg ... Waitress
Keri Moran Keri Moran ... Lawnmower
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Autumn Campbell Autumn Campbell ... Diner Patron
Steve Doughton Steve Doughton ... Diner Patron
Lucy ... Self
Matt McCormick Matt McCormick ... Weed Salesman
P.C. Peri P.C. Peri
Darren Prolsen Darren Prolsen ... Homeless Man
Jillian Wieseneck Jillian Wieseneck ... Diner Patron


Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.

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In order to finance this film, Kelly Reichardt had to work on a full season of America's Next Top Model. See more »


The trail to Bagby is much more improved than the hike they went to the springs. You don't actually traverse any logs like they do. Friends of Bagby have made bridges over any areas that would be hard to cross like that. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

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Overtly spacious but quite underdeveloped
28 April 2007 | by oneloveallSee all my reviews

An intentionally tiny but lackluster film suffers many familiar trappings harbored by independent cinema despite the gentle pacing and authentic feel throughout. It is a film I dislike disliking, having so many of the lingering qualities that let each scene breathe on it's own time, something I highly respect and usually don't witness, especially coming from American filmmakers. But here, Old Joy unwisely fills much of the silence and sacredness with nothing but scenery and vague suggestion, which unfortunately totals up to little more then the glorified road trip it seems to be. You get the feeling throughout that director Kelly Reichardt wished to plunge viewers headfirst into experiencing this brief trek into the woods. At first, this technique flourishes with completely immersed realism, effortlessly making viewers the third participant on this little expedition with finely calculated, low budget camera integrity that feels as one with the actors. However, it eventually becomes apparent that this enticingly voyeuristic direction remains a simple distraction in working around a script of very little worth.

Though there may be more implied in the work then what is outwardly manifested, Old Joy still leaves entirely too much up to viewers with it's slightly offensive approach at telling less, meaning more, but hardly putting in the effort to bridge that gap. By the movie's ending, clocking in at a strikingly short 76 minutes, it seems hardly anything was accomplished short of beginning to articulate the meaning of it's title. With a little more character development and an outcome that actually had something to say, Old Joy could have been the lazy westerners Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter..and Spring with all of it's meditative and reverential odes to nature, but here we are left only with a skeleton script and an overindulgence of quiet contemplation to make up for it.

The only two characters really in the film, Will Oldham and Daniel London, are decent enough as the two old friends who reunite for a weekend in the woods. Alt-country sensation Oldham may not have the timing of a professionally trained actor, but it ends up working out fine for this project, only bringing a more realistic credibility in the rare instances he is actually explaining himself. The constant feeling of something more being implied then what we have been given to work with is inescapable though, and ends up sinking this potentially effecting film into a mediocre, if slightly hypnotic, insignificant vacation piece.

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Release Date:

26 January 2007 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA See more »


Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,310, 27 August 2006

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1.78 : 1
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