Former friends attempt to rediscover `Old Joy'

Review A-

February 02, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

Anyone who has ever had an inspiring and infuriating friend will find something to love about Old Joy, a spare, trembling lyric poem of a movie that uses stillness and facial blips the way melodramas use showdowns and action films big bangs.

When two thirtysomething survivors of the Kurt Cobain era of disaffection, Kurt (Will Oldham) and Mark (Daniel London), take a trek through the Cascade Mountains outside Portland, Ore., they try to reheat a now-distant friendship.

Old Joy (Kino International) Starring Will Oldham, Daniel London. Directed by Kelly Reichardt. Unrated. Time 76 minutes.

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