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52 Ratings

Joy of Man's Desiring

Que ta joie demeure

Directed by Denis Côté
Canada, 2014


Who is the woman addressing as she looks over her shoulder, eyes cast down, and speaks? The director, the audience, an invisible third party? Softly, yet firmly, she explains that ‘we have to trust each other’. The opening scene sets the tone of the film.

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Joy of Man's Desiring Directed by Denis Côté
After seeing the film two or three times, I was so impressed with Côté’s audacious mixture of real events and lightly staged fictional sequences to create an entirely alternate reality that I contacted him, and asked if he would discuss the film with me; he agreed.
June 13, 2015
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Mr. Côté comes closer here to his 2012 study of animals, “Bestiaire,” than to his recent drama “Vic + Flo Saw a Bear.” As with his other features, brevity — in this case, 1 hour 10 minutes — has a way of making the film seem minor. It’s a little diffuse, but it suggests that Mr. Côté is trying out a sketch, with more experiments to come.
January 15, 2015
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The sum of this effect, that the mechanization of thought manifests from the work itself, becomes entrancing. It’s this ostensibly paradoxical structure, contrived narrative interspersed with observational documentary, that distinguishes Côté as a filmmaker, and Joy of Man’s Desiring, as a more heady examination of the toll of this unavoidably classist work-to-live lifestyle.
January 14, 2015
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