Ode to Joy

Friday, August 9 - Tuesday, August 20, 2019

How does a man who is—literally—paralyzed by happiness find love? Thanks to a condition called cataplexy—a rare disorder that causes him to lose control of his muscles whenever he is overcome by strong emotion, particularly joy—Brooklyn librarian Charlie (Martin Freeman) has learned to carefully edit all delight-triggering people, places, and events out of his life. Family weddings, cute babies, adorable puppies, and, yes, romance are all fraught with peril in Charlie’s carefully managed world. But when the beautiful, spontaneous Francesca (Morena Baccarin) falls for him, the risk-averse Charlie finds himself at a crossroads: suppress his feelings of attraction, or take a chance and let love in? Based on a true story originally featured on This American LifeOde to Joy is a hilarious and touching look at what happens when we stop being afraid and let ourselves truly live.

Official selection: Annapolis Film Festival; RiverRun Int’l Film Festival; Dallas Film Festival

  • Country USA
  • Running Time 98 minutes
  • Director Jason Winer
  • Writer Max Werner
  • Cast Martin Freeman, Morena Baccarin, Melissa Rauch, Jake Lacy, Shannon Woodward, Adam Shapiro
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, Closed Captioning, T-Coil