Flagstaff Premiere: Ode to Joy


Film Info
Event Type:Flagstaff Cinema Series
Narrative Feature: Comedy
Release Year:2019
Run Time:98 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Jason Winer
Cast:Martin Freeman
Morena Baccarin
Melissa Rauch
Jane Curtin
Jake Lacy


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning comedy “Ode to Joy” on Wednesday, Aug. 14 as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. There will be one screening of the film at 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 16 Theatres.

“Ode to Joy” debuted to rave audience reviews at the recent Sedona International Film Festival where it won the Directors’ Choice Award for Feature Comedy.

“Ode to Joy” features an all-star ensemble cast including Martin Freeman, Morena Baccarin, Melissa Rauch, Jake Lacy, Jane Curtin, Shannon Woodward and Adam Shapiro.

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 Life, “Ode to Joy” is a hilarious and touching look at what happens when we stop being afraid and let ourselves truly live.

A representative from the NAU Philosophy Department and Philosophy in the Public Interest will lead a discussion following the film screening.