Two old friends reunite for a quietly revelatory overnight camping trip in Kelly Reichardtâs breakout feature, a microbudget study of character and masculinity that introduced many viewers to one of contemporary American cinemaâs most independent artists. As they drive from Portland into the woods in search of a secluded hot spring, expectant father Mark (Daniel London) and nomadic Kurt (Will Oldham) make fumbling attempts to reconnect, butting up against the limits of their friendship and coming to grips with just how much their paths have diverged since their shared youth. Adapted from a short story by Jonathan Raymond and accompanied by an atmospheric Yo La Tengo score, Old Joy
is a contemplative, wryly observed triumph whose modest scale belies the richness of its insight.
- New interviews with Kelly Reichardt, Peter Sillen, and author Jonathan Raymond
- New conversation between actors Daniel London and Will Oldham
- An essay by film critic Ed Halter and the short story by Jonathan Raymond on which the film is based