The Joy of Life (2005)

The Joy of Life




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The sixty-five minute, avant-garde experimental film Joy of Life opens as a feature on the day-to-day experiences of a militant lesbian in the San Francisco Bay area, and her bittersweet, occasionally heartbreaking search for love and lust. It then uses these themes as a springboard, segueing, free-form, into a documentary exploration of lesbian sexuality, Frank Capra's 1941 classic Meet John Doe, and the history of the Golden Gate Bridge as a point of departure for suicides. In voice-over, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Jenni Olson
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On DVD: Jul 25, 2006


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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

The result is gently hypnotic.

Full Review… | November 7, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

The Olson/Dodge text has the purplish, overwritten quality of a first year writing student's exercises, but pic's investigation into the bridge's tainted iconography is lucid and precise.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Once in a while a smart artist has an idea for a project that, when explained, sounds pretty boring. But in the viewing, it's actually quite intoxicating.

Full Review… | November 24, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The Joy of Life is an experimental film with an experiment that works.

Full Review… | November 7, 2014
Film Threat

The Joy of Life is a cinematic love poem of sorts, just semirequited, as most things involving love are.

Full Review… | November 7, 2014
San Francisco Bay Guardian

An essay on loss and suicide that nevertheless transcends its own gloom to become a cool, gray, gorgeous tone poem, the epitome of doomed San Francisco romanticism.

Full Review… | November 7, 2014
East Bay Express

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