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River of Grass

Directed by Kelly Reichardt
United States, 1994


Cozy, a thirtyish Florida housewife bored to tears with her drudging life, runs away with Lee, a young loser in search of thrills. After accidentally shooting a man, Cozy and Lee try to go on the lam as every outlaw couple before them—without quite ever getting it right.

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River of Grass Directed by Kelly Reichardt
Excitement is generated by Ms. Reichardt’s comic lack of affect as well as her feel for landscape and underlying formalism. The compositions are deliberate and often symmetrical; camera movement is minimal. “River of Grass” has a deadpan quality suggestive of Jim Jarmusch’s “Stranger Than Paradise” (1984) — which also featured Florida locations.
June 03, 2016
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While it is a first feature, certainly, foretelling themes in Reichardt’s future works (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff, to name a couple), and as a result, is laden with all manner of first feature tics, River of Grass is curiously, an active rejection of momentum. More so than a traditional story about two down-and-out types looking for a way out, River of Grass is—how do I put this?—a reluctance. A series of false starts set against Florida’s everglades.
May 25, 2016
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River of Grass is Reichardt’s vital firstborn juiced by the fresh, untidy vitality of a newbie filmmaker doffing her cap to B-movies and the French New Wave. In that film she gives life’s castaways the gift of merriment, and an ending that holds up half the sky.
March 10, 2016
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