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Ode to Joy ()


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Charlie has a neurological disorder where 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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Charlie
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Francesca
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Cooper
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Bethany
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Liza
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Jordan
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Marvin
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Jan
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Sylvia
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Father Dave
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Ann
Ollie Seiden ...
Service Dog
Sharon Gee ...
Helen
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Victor
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Lavelle
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Carousel Operator
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Doctor
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Frederick
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Deangelo
Alita Moses ...
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Devon Yesberger ...
Singer / Piano Player
Tomek Miernowski ...
Singer / Guitar Player
Josh Hari ...
Bass Player
Jordan Rose ...
Drummer
Jasmine Rose Seiden ...
Girl in Youtube Video
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Clerk
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Staten Island Meathead
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Nurse
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Tearful Wife
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Mad Banker (uncredited)
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Wedding Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jason Winer

Written by

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

Produced by

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Mike Falbo ... producer
Ira Glass ... producer
Brett Harris ... associate producer
Michael Lasker ... producer
Susan Leber ... co-producer
Jimmy Miller ... producer
Nick Moceri ... executive producer
Adam Phillips ... associate producer
Alissa Shipp ... producer
Pamela Thur ... producer
Kyle Weber ... co-producer
Max Werner ... executive producer
Joseph White ... executive producer
Jason Winer ... producer

Music by

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Jeremy Turner

Cinematography by

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David Robert Jones

Film Editing by

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Peter Teschner

Editorial Department

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Randi Atkins ... assistant editor

Casting By

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S.J. Allocco
Jennifer Euston

Production Design by

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Lisa Myers

Art Direction by

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Danica Pantic

Set Decoration by

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Meagan Miller-McKeever

Costume Design by

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Carisa Kelly

Makeup Department

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Jessie Eden ... key makeup artist
Fiona Mifsud ... makeup department head

Production Management

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Jamie Buckner ... production manager / production supervisor
Joseph White ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Eric Berkal ... first assistant director
Anne Marie Dentici ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Christina Chandler ... property master
Joseph Fernandez ... art pa
Ryan Gertsen ... construction coordinator
Michael O'Dell Green ... charge scenic
Leesa Osborn ... on-set dresser
Deno Williams ... leadman

Sound Department

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Ben Broer ... sound editor
Greg DeCellio ... sound utility
Robert Edwards ... adr mixer
Zé Frías ... playback operator (as José Frías) / sound utility (as José Frías)
Christopher Gomez ... sound effects editor
Penny Harold ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Joshua Hilson ... sound mixer
Jerry Lafuente ... sound effects editor
Troy Marrero ... boom operator
Arielle McGrail ... dialogue editor
Michael Perricone ... re-recording mixer
Andrew Rice ... adr mixer
T.C. Spriggs ... sound effects editor
Tim Terusa ... dialogue editor
Alvaro Vela ... sound recordist
Kenneth Wilkinson ... sound utility

Visual Effects by

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Nadia Danova ... visual effects producer
Jonathan Podwil ... visual effects
Stoimen Stoyanov ... visual effects artist

Stunts

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Scott Burik ... stunt rigger
Alex Huynh ... stunt coordinator
Jason Mello ... stunt double: Martin Freeman
Jason Ng ... assistant stunt coordinator
Aaron Vexler ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Tanner Carlson ... steadicam & additional camera
Justyn T. Davis ... gaffer
Linda Kallerus ... still photographer
Andy Kugler ... camera operator: "a" camera
Scott Hall Miller ... second assistant "a" camera
Nicco Quinto ... 2nd unit director of photography
Joseph Robinson ... second assistant "b" camera
Gabriel Eduardo Solorzano ... grip
Ryan Toussieng ... b camera/steadicam operator

Casting Department

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Ronen Gevint ... background casting
Lauren Kurnit ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Angela Barrow ... costume assistant
Simon Dasher ... key costumer
Christy Guillermain ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Ana Cuadra ... location manager
Michael McGrail ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Alison Lieber ... music supervisor
Abhay Manusmare ... music editor / score mixer / score recording engineer

Script and Continuity Department

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Rebecca Schwab ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Dan Buckman ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Alissa Crist ... production coordinator
Noemi Feliz ... key on-set production assistant
Rosa Garces ... production accountant
Debbi L. Klopman ... immigration counsel
Yana Collins Lehman ... post production accountant
Jeffrey J. Marks ... main title producer
Marcelo Mayen ... 1st Team Production Assistant
Daniel A. Mondschain ... Physical Production Executive
Tamara Mae Paulson ... assisitant accountant
Gary E Schreiber ... tax accountant
Christian Simonds ... production counsel
Amy Stein ... production counsel
Kelly Ulmer ... locations coordinator
Keri Weisblum ... Post Production Accountant

Thanks

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Kzar Torres ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines He's never been happier. And that's the problem. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Oda a Joy (Spain)
  • Ода радости (Russia)
  • Örömóda (Hungary)
  • The Pursuit of Unhappiness
  • Joy
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Runtime
  • 97 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia This story is loosely based on act 3 of episode 409 of "This American Life" radio program hosted by Ira Glass. See more »
Goofs During Marvin and Liza's wedding, when Charlie starts falling, he is beside Cooper and in the next shot, he comes in front of Liza. See more »
Crazy Credits There is an extra scene during the credits, where Charlie and Francesca share a bathroom together. Charlie watches her applying roll-on deodorant and falls asleep in the sink. See more »
Quotes Charlie: I'm cataplexic. I pass out anytime I feel strong emotions. In my case, it's mainly joy.
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