Joy Reviews

May 31, 2019
Matching content with form, the movie is tight and merciless, even if parts play like a tract.
May 24, 2019
Austrian-Iranian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai's "Joy" builds its reservoir of sadness with pulsing efficiency.
July 18, 2019
A grim portrait of migrant Nigerian prostitutes exploited in Austria.
July 1, 2019
[An] authentic social drama. [Full review in Spanish]
June 4, 2019
Intense drama about sex trafficking has lots of violence.
May 28, 2019
Joy has harrowing situations and realistic performances, and just might make you uncomfortable while watching it. That's what it's supposed to do.
November 28, 2018
It's a powerful film.
November 28, 2018
Mortezai fills the screen with heart-stopping moments.
October 11, 2018
Centred around two exceptional performances, and taking an intimate, documentary-like approach to the drama, Joy effectively explores the devastating traps of abuse and extortion without ever becoming exploitative itself.
October 4, 2018
Joy Anwulika Alphonsus is heart-wrenching as a strong woman trapped in the cycle of exploitation. Needless to say her name and the film's title are ironic.
September 12, 2018
As with any movie about sex workers that tries to steer anywhere near the truth, "Joy" is a story of interlocking layers of entrapment.