This film catapulted Kelly Reichardt to the international scene after it won the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Festival (2006). It contains all the elements that have since become the hallmarks of her repertoire.
Old Joy, by Kelly Reichardt. USA. 2006. 72’. Original soundtrack with Spanish subtitles.
Two thirty-somethings, friends since their teenage years, are reunited for a weekend camping trip in the mountains, during which they talk about friendship, shared memories, the passage of time and their expectations for the future.
The landscape features prominently throughout the film. The wind and the Bagby hot springs in the Mount Hood National Forest impregnate every moment, every conversation and every silence, accompanied by an original soundtrack composed by Yo La Tengo.
Screenwriter and director Kelly Reichardt (USA, 1964) is a key figure in contemporary cinema. She made her first film, River of Grass, in 1994, following it up a full 12 years later with her second feature film, Old Joy. Since then, she has directed some of the great titles of 21st-century cinema, including Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek's Cutoff (2010), Night Moves (2013), Certain Women (2016), and First Cow (2019).
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