Joy (2010)





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A woman can't come to terms with the relationship she never had with her mother in this drama from the Netherlands. Joy (Samira Maas) was abandoned by her mother when she was a young girl, and grew up in a variety of foster homes and orphanages. Now eighteen years old, Joy has become a bitter, neurotic woman with a short temper, and she has few friends outside of Denise (Coosje Smid). Joy has a boyfriend, Moumou (Dragan Bakema), a Serbian whose large, close-knit family only makes Joy feel more at odds about her family history, and Joy's relationship with Denise similarly begins to fray when she learns she's pregnant. Joy verbally browbeats a social worker into revealing the name of the mother she's never met; she begins stalking the woman and slips into her house when she's away, but she lacks the nerve to approach her and discuss the abandonment issues that still haunt her. Joy was the third in a trilogy of films about young women struggling with family issues from filmmaker Mijke de Jong, following Bluebird (2004) and Katia's Sister (2008). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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