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Joy & Joan 
Written by: on August 15th, 2010

Theatrical Release Date:
France, 1985
Director: Jacques Saurel
Writers: Jean-Pierre Imbrohoris, Emma Geher
Cast: Brigitte Lahaie, Isabelle Solar, Pierre Londiche, Jean-Marc Maurel, Jacques Bryland, Ian Patrick, Beatrice Tronchon, Sofie Vianey, Laurence Saint Gery, Elodie De Vry, Maria Isabel Lopez, Benjamin Simon

DVD released: July 27th, 2010
Approximate running time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono French
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95

Joy & Joan is a sequel ‘of sorts’ to Joy. Plot wise all there is very little that Joy & Joandoes not recycle from its predecessor. The Joy character is still searching for happiness and her current boyfriend Mark is in and out of her life. Wanting a stronger commitment from Mark. She embarks of a globetrotting sexual adventure in which she is briefly held prisoner by a wealthy man, who organizes gang bangs for her with his friends. Feeling trapped, Joy flees the clutches of the wealthy pervert and sets out to find her boyfriend Mark. Along the way Joy meets a young woman named Joan, who falls head over heels for her.Pretty much this is how the film evolves with Joy moving from one lover to next and always ended up feeling empty. Even though this film tries to be as dark content wise as its predecessor. The end result is a predictable story that simple goes through the motions. The film’s main erotic set piece, is a scene in which Joy & Joan are abducted and taken to an orgy. While this scene has all the makings of what should be a down and dirty sequences. It quickly loses its shock value when a man from Joy’s past show’s up as her knight in shining armor.

Visually when compared to its predecessor,  Joy & Joan is at best adequate as the visuals are often flat and uninspired. This time around Brigitte Lahaie is cast in the role of Joy and for the majority of the film she looks like a deer caught in headlights. The film’s other main female character Isabelle Solar fares slightly better. The only performance that leaves any lasting impression, is an actor named Jacques Bryland who portrays a creepy looking eccentric man who walks with a limp. Ultimately Joy & Joan is a convoluted story that limps along for an hour and half. Only to concluded with a overly sentimental happy ending.

The DVD:

Severin Films presents Joy & Joan in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This is very good looking progressive flagged transfer that has accurate looking colors and flesh tones. Details look crisp and black levels fare well. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement while noticeable it is never too intrusive.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in French. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free have been included. The audio sounds clear and balanced throughout.

This release comes with no extra content. Overall Joy & Joan gets a well rounded audio / video presentation from Severin Films.

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