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Ode to Joy (2019)

R | | Comedy | 9 August 2019 (USA)
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Charlie has a neurological disorder so strong emotions, especially joy, make him faint. He lives with his brother. Working as librarian gives him a quiet environment but then Francesca enters the library and his life.

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Jason Winer

Writers:

Max Werner, Chris Higgins (inspired by a story on WBEZ Chicago's "This American Life" by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Morena Baccarin ... Francesca
Jake Lacy ... Cooper
Melissa Rauch ... Bethany
Martin Freeman ... Charlie
Shannon Woodward ... Liza
Jane Curtin ... Aunt Sylvia
Adam Shapiro ... Marvin
Jackie Seiden ... Jan
Ellis Rubin ... Victor
Jason Altman ... Mad Banker
Alex Perez ... Wedding Photographer
Ravi Cabot-Conyers ... Deangelo
dL Sams ... Tearful Wife
Tyler Bourke ... Frederick
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Storyline

Charlie suffers from cataplexy, a symptom of narcolepsy that causes sudden bouts of paralysis whenever he experiences strong emotions -- in particular, joy. He develops a variety of techniques to deny himself too much pleasure and happiness, but they're put to the ultimate test when he falls in love.

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He's never been happier. And that's the problem.

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Rated R for some language and sexual references | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ode to Joy See more »

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Gross USA:

$6,151
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Mosaic See more »
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Color
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This story is loosely based on act 3 of episode 409 of "This American Life" radio program hosted by Ira Glass. See more »

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Very enjoyable
10 August 2019 | by starbright_liliSee all my reviews

I'm suprised by the negative reviews but to each their own I guess. I thought it was a sweet movie I saw it at ifc center in a very small theatre and it was nice ,other people seem to enjoy it too. It's not perfect ,I didn't love the scene when Charlie and Francesca first meet ,it was a bit ott but overall it was enjoyable. To people in real life with narcolepsy/ cataplexy I can't imagine living with this illness and I don't think they made your illness a joke. I really felt for his character's situation it's not all laughs.

FYI: to earlier comments that cataplexy doesn't cause narcolepsy,and that its a symptom. That was a mistake in the description that was corrected. In the movie they state that he has narcolepsy with cataplexy so it makes it clear that it is a symptom that not everyone with narcolepsy has and that it's not necessarily the same for everyone with the illness.


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