Joy is a quiet and simple film that reveals its emotional
depth through feeling. The film runs just 73 minutes and really
only features several scenes. However these moments are revealing
through subtle dialogue and gestures. Aiding this is an undercurrent
of visual beauty and environments. The story centers around
two old friends who reunite on a trip in the mountains. Together
they look to recapture their "old joy and youthful
spirit, yet clearly it becomes evident that this is lost.
This is all expressed in the slightest of expression, including
the way the film contrasts the visuals of natural landscapes
and industrial environments. Director Kelly Reichardt (in
her feature debut) reveals a lot through visual feeling and
gestures, while keeping a tone of mystery, capped off with
a sudden inconclusive final shot.