River of Grass

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Cozy, a thirtyish Florida housewife bored to tears with her drudging life, runs away with Lee, a young loser in search of thrills. After accidentally shooting a man, Cozy and Lee try to go on the lam as every outlaw couple before them--without quite ever getting it right.


Critic Reviews for River of Grass

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  • It's not exactly action-filled, but its main character is explicit about what's on her mind and how deep-seated her desire to escape is.

    Apr 1, 2016
  • It's almost too ethereal, it slips through your fingers when you try to grab it. Although that could be the point.

    Mar 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • River of Grass is very funny, but in a more somber key it also test-drives what will become Reichardt's specialty: the transformation of cheerless wastelands into backdrops for journeys of the parched soul.

    Mar 10, 2016 | Full Review…

    Ella Taylor

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  • Reichardt subverts expectations at every turn, while simultaneously painting a vivid portrait of southern Florida (the title refers to the Everglades, and the film goes back and forth between Broward and Dade County) in all its sun-drenched seediness.

    Mar 10, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

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  • A film of fizzy languor ... terrific ...

    Mar 8, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Evocatively directed in Florida locations by gifted newcomer Kelly Reichardt.

    Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for River of Grass

  • Mar 12, 2013
    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.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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