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12 Ratings

The Joy of Life

Directed by Jenni Olson
United States, 2005


A blending of documentary and experimental narrative strategies, combining stunning 16mm landscape cinematography with a bold, lyrical voice-over to share two San Francisco stories.

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The Joy of Life Directed by Jenni Olson

Critics reviews

The Joy of Life shares the pensive and lusty recollections of a butch lesbian living and aching for love in San Francisco. But then it shifts into an elegiac review of the Golden Gate Bridge as a terminal point for over 1,600 people since its construction. Life is close to death, joy not far from pain, the end of a film akin to the end of a life, muse Olson (and Dodge) as they contemplate Frank Capra’s Meet John Doe, sex, friendship, and desire.
April 24, 2015
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