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2.9
274 Ratings

Joe Versus the Volcano

Directed by John Patrick Shanley
United States, 1990
Comedy, Romance

Synopsis

When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island and along the way there learns to truly live.

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Joe Versus the Volcano Directed by John Patrick Shanley

Critics reviews

It’s a gentle film, visually inventive yet humble, whimsical but never stridently so—the kind of movie that you can luxuriate in, as one might a candlelit bath. It’s immersive in the way that Tati’s “Playtime” and Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” are immersive, transporting the viewer into a different headspace through clever tricks of production design, lighting, camerawork, editing and music, while asking them to care about simple characters chasing happiness and often stumbling along the way.
February 03, 2015
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Joe vs. the Volcano achieves the unique feat of presenting cities as the big dream factories they appear to us when we’re children. Imposing but welcoming, huge but cozy. In short, fairytale kingdoms.
February 03, 2015
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