The Same River Twice (2003)

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Critic Consensus: An insightful documentary about the passage of time for a group free spirits.

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Film scholar Robb Moss combines home-movie footage from the '70s with current documentary interviews to fashion this intimate memoir of his summer-of-love friends, then and now. The Same River Twice chronicles the lives of Moss and five of his friends, all of whom served as white-water rafting tour guides while in their twenties. In that era, their nudist, free-love ways brought them together; now, Moss learns, many of the couples have split up, or given up their utopian ideals.

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Critic Reviews for The Same River Twice

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At its core, The Same River Twice is about a process everyone goes through, and the recognition that change is inevitable and we can't be young forever.

Dec 9, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Other documentaries have crisscrossed between time frames, but Moss' beguiling The Same River Twice represents one of the most effective uses of the device.

Mar 12, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

The movie's then-and-now approach proves reasonably interesting, but Same River doesn't dig deeply enough to provide us with more than a series of passing views.

Mar 12, 2004 | Rating: C+

The documentary The Same River Twice will ring startlingly true to any ski bum who ever went legit.

Mar 12, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Same River Twice is far from an arthritic exercise in hippie nostalgia. There is a seasoned richness and vivid specificity to these lives, for all their hurts and losses.

Mar 11, 2004 | Full Review…

Succeeds through articulate, nostalgic sequences of introspection linked by poetic camerawork.

Mar 4, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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