Joy of Man's Desiring

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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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