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My Joy (2011)

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89

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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Movie Info

A truck driver takes a wrong turn and finds himself lost in a bleak Russian underworld, struggling to survive amidst increasingly violent reminders of the country's dark history. The first fiction film by acclaimed documentarian Sergei Loznitsa, My Joy is a mischievous, ultra-nihilistic parable of post-Communist Russia, shot by master cinematographer Oleg Muto (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days). -- (C) Kino

Unrated,

Art House & International, Drama

Sergei Loznitsa

Mar 13, 2012

$3.8k

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (2) | DVD (2)

Although discomfiting to audiences desiring a steady narrative thread (and less accessible to those unfamiliar with Eastern European history and culture), it sustains interest throughout as a devastating critique of Russian society.

November 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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There are hints of Tarkovsky in the poetic exploration of place and memory and the film is a demanding, difficult work. But the sense of a Dantean journey and a vision of utter hell are powerfully conveyed.

November 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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For long stretches, it appears to be a road movie headed nowhere. Still, the detours it uncovers are fascinating.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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[Has] a bleak, grotesque, near-perfect poetry in its soul.

October 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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The world of "My Joy" is grim, though the experience of watching it and piecing together its fragmented story strands is anything but.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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My Joy has been described as an extended Twilight Zone episode, but while it creates its own eerie, surreal plane, it's also far more random, filled with vignettes that connect loosely and ambiguously.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The movie contains a mesmerizing visual appeal.

November 12, 2013 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
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It's a journey that takes us through unexpected, often harrowing twist and turns, unafraid to leave us perplexed, confused, or even frustrated.

October 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Disjointed, wild, but often powerful look at Russian proletariats.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

a lively work of howling wickedness

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

If the desire is to unsettle and disorientate, the movie succeeds, but it does so at the expense of pretty much all else.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Terribly difficult to come to grips with, and impossible to shake.

October 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

So bleak that you might need meds

October 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Loznitsa's documentaries are mainly compilations of archival footage, so it makes sense that his first fiction film is also essentially a compilation

September 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The unsettling mood -- many scenes have a documentary verisimilitude that heightens the threat of random violence -- keeps us off-balance but riveted.

September 13, 2010 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

Audience Reviews for My Joy

A melange of scenes, drifting back and forth between post-WWII and the present day (often without warning), featuring crooked cops, child prostitutes and thieves. The stories all document corruption in Russia and Ukraine and argues that it's deep-seeded in the national character; unfortunately, most of them wind up as inconclusive misfires, and the fatalistic sameness of each episode quickly grows wearying and---yeah, I'll say it---a little boring. May require two viewings to figure out what's going on here.
April 6, 2012
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Greg S

Super Reviewer

In "My Joy," Georgy(Viktor Nemets), a truck driver, is minding his business on a normal haul when he picks up an old man(Vladimir Golovin) as a hitchhiker who regales him with tales of the troubles he had getting home at the end of the Great Patriotic War. When Georgy futilely attempts to get diesel at a gas station, the old man simply walks off. Later, Georgy gets stuck in a traffic jam caused by an accident where a prostitute(Olga Shuvalova) who claims she is 18 tries to drum up some business.

Okay, so far, not so bad, with the movie serving as an allegorical rumination on all that has not changed from the old Soviet Union to the new Russia, starting with random identity checks because nobody is really sure who anybody is anymore. Along these same lines, at a scene where the characters are talking about a war, it took me a minute to realize which war. But while it is okay to play with reality a little, here it goes too far which causes the movie to lose the narrative completely, making it almost impossible to follow for a good deal of its second half, which is an accomplishment for me, and not even remotely in a good way.
May 7, 2013
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Walter M.

Super Reviewer

The film possesses you, haunts you, and ensnares you.
September 14, 2010
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