Joy of Man’s Desiring
Directed by Denis Côté
January 16-22 at Anthology Film Archives
Denis Côté’s essayistic work, both nonfiction and narrative, most immediately recalls that Patti Smith imperative of belonging, “outside of society they’re waiting for me.” The subjects of his films, whether junked vehicles, on-the-lam females or animals on display, exist in that liminal space right outside public perception but still within an existing framework of semi-normalcy; blink and you miss them. This philosophical underpinning can also be applied to his newest, fascinating work, Joy of Man’s Desiring.