A truck driver takes a wrong turn and finds himself lost in a bleak Russian underworld, struggling to survive amidst increasingly violent reminders of the country's dark history. The first fiction film by acclaimed documentarian Sergei Loznitsa, MY JOY is a mischievous, ultra-nihilistic parable of post-communist Russia, shot by master cinematographer Oleg Muto (THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS).
- Sergei Loznitsa
- Viktor Nemets, Vladimir Golovin, Aleksey Vertkov
[Has] a bleak, grotesque, near-perfect poetry in its soul.Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 10.01.2011
My Joy is a maddening vision and one of the year's must-see provocations.Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, 09.27.2011
The world of "My Joy" is grim, though the experience of watching it and piecing together its fragmented story strands is anything but.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 09.29.2011
Although discomfiting to audiences desiring a steady narrative thread (and less accessible to those unfamiliar with Eastern European history and culture), it sustains interest throughout as a devastating critique of Russian society.Alissa Simon, Variety, 11.12.2013