Audience Choice Award
"Spare and elegant... always absorbing"
"A formalised, sometimes theatricaland entirely mesmerising study"
"Joy of Man's Desiring will please if not swell the ranks of Cote admirers
Recommended "[A] meticulous and poetic study of industrial labor"
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 & 2526 at 7 & 9 pm
- Tues., Feb. 24 at 9:30 pm
$10 general admission
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