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River of Grass

USA 1994. Dir: Kelly Reichardt. 81 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! ► The debut feature from writer-director Kelly Reichardt is a grungy, darkly comic, ennui-imbued riff on the amour fou film for a languid ’90s America. Described as “a road movie without the road, a love story without the love, and a crime story without the crime,” River of Grass follows the maladroit misadventure of a bored, thirtysomething mother and housewife (Lisa Bowman) who falls for a pistol-toting fuckup (Larry Fessenden) in the sun-bleached wasteland of southern Florida — Reichardt’s childhood haunt. When the gun inevitably goes off, the slacker-couple make a tragicomic go at the outlaw life. An out-of-the-gate darling at Sundance and year-end bester for Film Comment and Village Voice, it would nevertheless be Reichardt’s only feature film for over a decade — the director stifled by an industry reluctant to finance a woman-helmed picture. “One of the year’s smartest indies. Not for squares” (J. Hoberman, Village Voice).

 

REVIEWS

“Highly original and filmed with perfect assurance ... One of the finest independent films of recent years.”

New York Daily News | full review

“One of the most original indies of the Sundance boom years.”

New York Times | full review

“A lively, entertaining movie about how life isn't like the movies.”

LA Times | full review