Director: David O. Russell

120 mins, U.S.A., 2015, Digital

This film was released 2nd January 2016, and is no longer screening.

Following Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and American Hustle (2013), Joy represents the third collaboration between director David O. Russell and actors Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Taking us through a few decades in the life of Joy Mangano (Lawrence), a single mother who got rich in the 1990s through inventing and flogging the revolutionary self-wringing Miracle Mop on the QVC shopping channel, it is a winningly chaotic,
non-linear narrative replete with digressions and amusing asides that would strain credibility if it weren’t all based on fact.

With Joy, O. Russell has created another multi-faceted, comedy drama delivered in the heightened, nervously kinetic register we have come to expect from this director. He is once again aided by a raft of committed performances from what is fast becoming his signature company of actors. (Notes by David O’Mahony)

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