Big River Man (2009)



Critic Consensus: Big River Man offers uniquely absorbing insight into a larger-than-life eccentric.

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Eccentric Slovenian endurance swimmer Martin Strel attempts to swim the Amazon.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness
Directed By: ,
Written By: Molly Lynch, John Maringouin
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On DVD: Dec 21, 2010
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Critic Reviews for Big River Man

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (6)

Strel is one strange duck, and you can only wonder that Werner Herzog, with his fondness for captivating weirdos, didn't get to him first.

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An odd and irresistible documentary about Slovenian strongman Martin Strel and his quest, at 52, to be the first man to swim 5,268 kilometres of the Amazon River.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Globe and Mail
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As his attention to detail and beauty shots prove, Mr. Maringouin has a terrific eye: he brings you close to Mr. Strel, sometimes within panting distance, without forgetting the larger, lovelier world.

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

The real drama lies in the sweetly twisted symbiosis between this likable, infuriating wreck of a man and his devoted son and publicist.

Full Review… | December 2, 2009
Village Voice
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A nonfiction Fitzcarraldo.

Full Review… | December 2, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

If Werner Herzog had made 'Borat', the results might have been something like this documentary about the unusual athletic overachiever Martin Strel.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Big River Man

So why on earth do we not know about Martin Strel outside of this film? He is likely one of the most fascinating people that you will encounter. An overweight alcoholic who somehow manages to find the endurance to swim major rivers. The tale is marvellous.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Great doc about Martin Strel, an endurance swimmer who attempts to swim the amazon.  Narrated by his son, the film takes an unexpected turn into madness as Martin spends day after day swimming.  His navigator Matt is the perfect Dennis Hopper from Apocalypse Now.

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

A hilarious and powerful story of an overweight wine guzzling Slovenian endurance swimmer's quest for unity and mastery over nature.

Jana Segal

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