Joy of Man's Desiring (2015)


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Perhaps the most internationally recognized of contemporary Quebec filmmakers, Denis Côté has fashioned a singularly protean body of work over the past decade. With his recent features, he has freely and unapologetically mixed documentary and narrative conventions, as well as alternating between (relatively) commercial films and more uncategorizable, experimental projects. JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING is a cinematic reflection on the nature of work that pivots almost continuously from mode to mode, approaching its subject from a myriad of directions. Filmed in factories and workshops, it's composed in turn of theatrical monologues, poetic musings, immaculately composed documentation, and the whisper of a narrative. Its constantly shifting form triggers a reckoning with the concept of manual labor - and with the daily routines and inner lives of the factory workers who populate the film - which breaks free of the rhetoric that typically goes with the territory. (C) Anthology


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[A] meticulous and poetic study of industrial labor.

Feb 19, 2015 | Full Review…

It's a little diffuse, but it suggests that Mr. Côté is trying out a sketch, with more experiments to come.

Jan 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Definitely not for the narrative-minded, "Joy of Man's Desiring" will please if not swell the ranks of Cote admirers.

Jan 15, 2015 | Full Review…
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Joy of Man's Desiring forgoes obvious didactics and visual cues in favor of letting viewers draw their own conclusions.

Jan 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Joy of Man's Desiring touches on questions of alienation and despair in the workplace, but offers no clear insights and reaches no firm conclusions.

Jan 12, 2015 | Full Review…

Joy of Man's Desiring" confirms my impression that Denis Côté is the most talented Canadian director to emerge since Guy Maddin.

Feb 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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