Ode to Joy

  • Homecoming Homecoming
  • L'Homme et le Poisson L'Homme et le Poisson


Sedona Performing Arts Center Tue, Feb 26, 2019 7:15 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Mar 3, 2019 1:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2019
Run Time:90 minutes
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Jason Winer
Cast:Martin Freeman, Morena Baccarin, Melissa Rauch, Jake Lacy, Jane Curtin
Producer(s):Mike Falbo, Ira Glass, Michael Lasker, Jimmy Miller
Screenwriter:Peter Teschner


Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) has fallen in love and can’t get up. A man’s fervent attempts at subverting happiness once it begins to cause him bouts of narcolepsy are put to the ultimate test when he falls in love.

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.

Included Shorts

Homecoming (7min) United States | 2018 | 7 min • Narrative Short More
L'Homme et le Poisson (5min) Canada | 2018 | 5 min • Animated Short More