Old Joy. 2006. USA. Directed by Kelly Reichardt. Screenplay by Jonathan Raymond, Reichardt. With Daniel London, Will Oldham, Tanya Smith
35mm. 76 min.
Kurt and Mark are old friends whose lives have taken various twists and turns since their last meeting. Mark has a house, a job, and a pregnant wife who isn't thrilled with him running off for a weekend at an Oregon hot springs with the idle Kurt. Kurt reminisces about their town and Mark breaks the news that many of those mom and pop stores are now serving smoothies or overpriced coffee. The beauty of the Pacific Northwest is comes to the fore in extended passages of verdant landscape and silence between the men. Based on a short story by Jonathan Raymond, a frequent Reichardt collaborator.