My Joy (2011)
Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 2
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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1
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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
Sep 30, 2011 Wide
Mar 13, 2012
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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.
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.
For long stretches, it appears to be a road movie headed nowhere. Still, the detours it uncovers are fascinating.
The world of "My Joy" is grim, though the experience of watching it and piecing together its fragmented story strands is anything but.
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.
It's a journey that takes us through unexpected, often harrowing twist and turns, unafraid to leave us perplexed, confused, or even frustrated.
If the desire is to unsettle and disorientate, the movie succeeds, but it does so at the expense of pretty much all else.
Loznitsa's documentaries are mainly compilations of archival footage, so it makes sense that his first fiction film is also essentially a compilation
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