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River of Grass (1995)

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Release Date: Aug 4, 1995 Wide

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River of Grass has all the elements of a conventional road movie: a car, a gun, criminal plans, and young lovers on the run from an angry father who also happens to be a suspended police officer. But writer and director Kelly Reichardt has instead taken these familiar elements and fashioned an anti-road movie, a deadpan film that is more existentialist comedy than crime drama. The young lovers in question are Cozy, the cop's daughter, and Lee Ray, a shady character from the wrong end of town.

Mar 18, 2003

Wellspring Media Inc.

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This minimalist yet revisionist indie feature (Reichardt's debut) is a highlight of the 1994 Sundance Film Fest.

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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There's an element of wit in Reichardt's minimalism here that isn't present in her later, more somber work.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Plenty of fun but not really that memorable

March 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for River of Grass

He's got the Car, he's got the Girl and he's got the Gun. He's just got nothing to run from and can't get out of town anyway. This film is a great satire, filmed beautifully but I think with tongue firmly in cheek. Kelly Reichardt has made a post-modern Bonnie & Clyde for a new generation and although it can seem slow-paced at times the last scene makes it all worth while. Stylish and funny but never obvious. It felt like a breath of fresh air while watching and then I realise it's nearly 20 years old! How did this slip under the radar?
March 11, 2013
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Bored, Cozy(Lisa Bowman), a housewife, dresses up to go to a nearby bar where she encounters Lee(Larry Fessenden). Lee, despite rarely leaving his grandmother's house by the age of 29, has somehow and coincidentally come into the possession of the gun formerly belonging to Jimmy Ryder(Dick Russell), Cozy's father and a police detective, for which he has been suspended for one week. All of which has nothing to do with Lee inviting Cozy to go swimming in a friend's pool.

Even working on a miniscule budget as she is with her first film, "River of Grass," one can see definite filmmaking promise in Kelly Reichardt that she would deliver on in her later films. As it is, there is a very cool soundtrack as she manages to capture south Florida in a unique way while beginning her specialty in following characters who achieve varying levels of success in trying to get where they are going. That might also explain the lackadaisical, yet deadpan, pacing for which I will overlook the short eternity the plot, what there is of it, takes to kick in.
March 12, 2013
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