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February 20–26, 2015

Chicago Theatrical

Joy of Man's Desiring
Que ta joie demeure

Film still: Joy of Man's Desiring Film still: Joy of Man's Desiring


Audience Choice Award
Chicago Intl
Film Fest
"Spare and elegant... always absorbing"
  —Village Voice
"A formalised, sometimes theatrical—and entirely mesmerising study"
  —Screen International
"Joy of Man's Desiring will please if not swell the ranks of Cote admirers
Recommended "[A] meticulous and poetic study of industrial labor"
  —Chicago Reader

Joy of Man's Desiring is a cinematic essay focused on the routines and repetition of various workplaces. As scenes move from machinists and garment workers to laundry attendants and carpenters, the mise-en-scène and sound design are as highly constructed as the products being manufactured. Filmmaker Denis Côté (Bestiare, Vic + Flo Saw A Bear) reflects on the nature of work that pivots almost continuously from mode to mode, approaching his subject matter from a myriad of directions and perspectives. Filmed in factories and workshops, it is composed in turn of theatrical monologues, poetic musings, immaculately composed documentation, reckoning with the concept of manual labor, and the inner lives of the factory workers who populate the film. This fiction/documentary hybrid is a probing meditation on the nature of work, while noting that the man-and-machine relationship of manufacturing also has a constant presence in filmmaking as well.

Directed by Denis Côté, Canada, 2014, 70 mins. In French with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Feb. 20 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Feb. 21 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Feb. 22 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon. & Wed.–Thurs., Feb. 23 & 25–26 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Tues., Feb. 24 at 9:30 pm
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