January 19, 2013

Old Joy

Kelly Reichardt, 2006


A real simple story that follows two old friends as they go away on a weekend trip into the Pacific Northwest. I find it surprising that the film was made on a budget of $300K, seems like it could have been made for much less. While there are parts that seem spontaneously homoerotic (massaging his buddy in a hot springs), you get the sense that its two friends that have grown apart over the years, and try to keep the friendship alive by going away for a couple of days to drink some beer by a campfire. Well acted, beautiful shots of the Northwest forests give you the feeling you'll spot Bigfoot running across the lightly traversed dirt roads.

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