Welcome to MUBI

A hand picked selection of the best films for just $4.99 a month

The River Used to Be a Man

Der Fluss war einst ein Mensch

directed by Jan Zabeil
Germany 2011
  • 83 min
31 Ratings


A German actor visiting a rural waterway enters an existential fog while attempting to find meaning in ancient tradition. But the narrative here is only a gesture towards the full meaning: what can divination, memory and traditional belief mean to a man so far outside them?