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THE FILMS OF KELLY REICHARDT
premieres April 19, 2016
RIVER OF GRASS (1994)
RIVER OF GRASS
1994, 81m, USA
with Larry Fessenden, Lisa Bowman, Dick Russel, Stan Kaplan, Michael Buscemi, screenplay by: Kelly Reichardt;
cinematography: Jim Denault; produced by Larry Fessenden, Jesse Hartman, Susan A. Stover
In her debut feature, Kelly Reichardt set the mood and a very high bar for the rest of her oeuvre. What is unique here is the slyly humorous tone and an original take on the dead-end situation in which her characters find themselves, surrounded by the suffocating heat and blinding light of Florida’s Everglades. Titled after the Native American name for the region, River of Grass tells the story of a thirty-something mother of three who runs away from boredom and her family. Restless and on a quest to find excitement, she meets an equally lost soul, a man-child hanging out in a local bar. What follows is a hilarious “crime” spree involving a lost-and-found gun, passive parents, bumbling police detectives, and the clueless pair on the run who barely manage to make it across the county border. A pristinely timed story of middle-class angst, with superb camera work in a beautifully wrapped package, starring Larry Fessenden (the film’s editor and producer) and Lisa Bowman.
“Not for squares.” J. Hoberman, THE VILLAGE VOICE
“Incisive and funny... simultaneously subversive and compassionate.” J. Carr, THE BOSTON GLOBE
“Highly original and filmed with perfect assurance.” Dave Kehr, THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“One of the most original indies of the Sundance boom years.” Dennis Lim, THE NEW YORK TIMES
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