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Downriver (2015)

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After serving time in prison for a crime he supposedly committed as a young child, James (Reef Ireland) returns to his hometown and the community he devastated years ago to put the pieces of his past together.

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Cast

Reef Ireland
as James Levy
Kerry Fox
as Paige Levy
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Critic Reviews for Downriver

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

"Downriver" is the kind of graceful provocation that slips around a corner before you can pinpoint its intentions, and that keeps it arresting as both an inquiry and a character study.

August 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Despite creditable performances and handsome production values, the film fails to connect in any meaningful way.

June 17, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a story about redemption, manipulation and the darkness at the end of the street.

June 17, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

...absorbing and gripping...

June 14, 2016 | Rating: 18/20 | Full Review…

[A] harrowing exploration of atonement that establishes a stark atmosphere from the opening scene.

June 5, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Downriver is at the end a lovely frustration.

October 4, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Downriver

'Downriver', is a very purposeful cautionary tale with somewhat bleak outcomes even when it comes to these very type of particular Australian films that explore confronting subject matter such as dark secrets, guilt, atonement and a mystery never wanting to reveal itself. For one the film is incredibly well shot, written and performed throughout, really bringing out the natural sense of the drama. Though when it comes to understanding the main character; James (played by Reef Ireland), whose truly a fascinating character when it comes to the consequences of getting over a past violent deed, there isn't much else given to the development of the supporting characters that don't have much of any redeeming qualities especially when considering the progression of the narrative and consequences of one actions against another. Nonetheless, I found the film to be truly insightful character driven piece, with great performances and underlining mystery that really drives the momentum of the film from the beginning up until the very end. Be cautionary though, don't expect a happy outcome.

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