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A psychopathic mother of two can't stand home life anymore and hookup with a lazy imbecile that found a gun on the side of the road. The gun was actually lost by the policeman that happens to be the dad of the psychopath mom. The pair is awfully inept at being bad as much as they were at being good. Funnily, all the african-americans in the film are more intelligent and law abiding than the whities. Digitally enhanced make the film's colours look normal.
A housewife named Cozy is far from it and fed up with the mundanity in her Floridian life. She falls in with a loser named Lee and the two make like BONNIE AND CLYDE in this quick and dirty indie gem. Kelly Reichardt's directorial debut is overflowing with ideas; it appears the writer/director flushed all the film school style out of her system with this project before charting new territory. RIVER OF GRASS is a brisk but nevertheless striking debut.
wow.....ummmm just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch......its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.....i think that larry fessenden, dick russell, lisa bowman, michael buscemi, play good roles/parts throughout this movie......i think that the director of this art house/international/comedy/drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie......man this is such a great indie movie 2 watch......i think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch, it is such a brilliant movie 2 watch......its got good car chases throughout this movie......
The film is set in Broward and Dade Counties in Florida, between Miami and the Everglades (nicknamed "the River of Grass"). A local couple is involved in a shooting incident and then try to leave South Florida but lack the money to do so.
It was selected for the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, and was nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 1994, and for three Independent Spirit Awards in 1996.
River of Grass debuted in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1994, and then played at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 1994. Its theatrical debut was in New York City at The Public Theater on August 4, 1995, which was followed by a limited release in the U.S. on October 13, 1995. It was shown at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema on March 30, 2009.
The New York Times film critic Stephen Holden described River of Grass as having "the look and feel of a sophisticated home movie featuring everyday people instead of actors." He praised the film's evocation of "a sense of suffocating ennui," but criticized the story as too "sketchily told" and the dialogue as too "fragmentary" for the film to cohere
man this is such a thrilling movie 2 watch, its got a good cast throughout this movie.....man this is such an enjoyable thriller - low budget indie movie 2 watch, its got a good cast throughout this movie....man this is such an enjoyable thriller movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie.......
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.
Decent film but doesn't go too far- I felt myself willing it forward at times but it fits with the minimalist feel I suppose. A good indie flick that shows Reichardt's potential but also what looks to be her lack of confidence at the time.
Stylish and overlooked but also underdeveloped and somewhat frustrating as a result.
This can be viewed as a character study, and the main characters are worthy of a study, but very little actually happens in this film.
Between a 7/10 and 8/10, if Meek's Cutoff could be seen as an anti-Western, using the genre's tropes in defiantly subversive ways, River of Grass pulls similar tricks with crime drama and noir clichés.
a 'first-movie' not just in the fact that it is for Kelly Reichardt, but in tone too: a loose kind of noir-ish tale with a more low-key beat and looking forward for when the director really takes a hold of that "mumblecore" thing years later as it's about a mother of two and a 2nd-tier Jack Nicholson character think they've accidentally killed someone and they go on the run... not really(?) It's like the American remake of Breathless I might've wanted instead of the weak one with Richard Gere. It's a little too short to be more than a little festival experiment, but it has some good jazz, some good acting, a few genuinely weird and funny moments (some with a quirky Orthodox Jew who laughs a lot), and a final twist that seems needlessly pessimistic. Not a bad debut, not a great one either, though it does speak to Reichardt as having more of a sense of humor than her other films might lead one to believe.
seems unfinished. My least favorite of Reichardt's films. Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy far surpass it in terms of mood and plot..