Once Upon a River

2019

Once Upon a River

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Based upon the best-seller by Bonnie Jo Campbell, Once Upon A River is the story of Native American teenager Margo Crane in 1970s rural Michigan. Margo, played by Kenadi DelaCerna in her screen debut ("one of the best teenage performances in years," FILMANDTVNOW), overcomes trauma with resilience in this drama-adventure. Margo is forced to journey on the Stark River in search of her estranged mother, played by Lindsay Pulsipher (Hatfields & McCoys, True Blood ). As Margo uses the skills she was taught by her father (Tatanka Means, The Son, Into the West ) to survive, she meets many characters along the way. Most important among them is Smoke, played in a subtly remarkable performance by John Ashton ( Beverly Hills Cop, Midnight Run ), and the two strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite the harsh conditions, caught beautifully on camera, Margo is able to stay true to herself as she discovers what it means to live.

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