Although ‘Agnes’ is in the title, the real main character of the movie is Agnes’ mother, Rannveig. A middle-aged woman, Rannveig, is not satisfied with her current life. Her daughter Agnes does not listen to her very well and her husband is nice but has no sexual interest in her. The problem gets complicated as a new neighbor emerges. A well-known actor who appeared in a TV drama moves to a neighbor’s house, and both the mother and the daughter become interested in him. Eventually, Rannveig’s family faces an unexpected crisis.
Many movies deal with family cracks and reconciliation, but Agnes Joy gives a special look at a middle-aged woman’s sex and desire. In other movies, Rannveig would be criticized easily, but Agnes Joy looks at her with affection. The warm gaze of understanding Rannveig’s position leads to the mature attitude of her husband. Whether it′s an affair or not isn’t important, but the heart to understand others matters here. That’s why the way Agnes’ family overcoming the ordeal is so touching. (Nam Dong-chul)
Writer/director from Reykjavík, Iceland, who has worked extensively in television and film. Silja directed her first feature film, Dís, in 2004. Dís was adapted from a best-selling novel, which Silja co-wrote. Silja also directed a well-reviewed documentary, The Choir. Silja has written and directed several comedy TV series and shows, among them Ríkið, Stelpurnar and Ástríður, which received the Icelandic Film and Television award. Silja just finished post production of her second feature film; the mother/daughter drama, Agnes Joy. Alongside, she is developing her third feature and working on a adapting a theatre piece to be premiered in the National Theatre of Iceland in spring 2020 which she will also direct.