Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Old Joy

An extremely subtle, almost ambient, ode to the passing of a friendship. More importantly, a film that manages to speak about right now, this specific moment in history, without resorting to the predictable sturm und drang of Babel, or the straining affectation of Me and You and Everyone We Know.
It's an intensely quiet piece of work (the trailer probably exhausts half the dialogue of the entire film,) and movingly optimistic in it's respect for it's audience's intelligence. Like a cool glass of water after weeks of warm coca cola. It's also utterly non-partisan in it's treatment of it's two main characters, both of whom are alternatingly likable and pathetic, and both of whom I recognized all to well.
Go watch it.