Tuesday, February 20, 2007
River of Grass
Welcome to the newest edition in my continuing series of "Great Movies You've Probably Never Seen." The film being added to the cinematic compendium: River of Grass by the same exquisitely talented director/co-writer, Kelly Reichardt, of the critically lauded, quietly brilliant 2006 release by the name of Old Joy.
Reichardt is a genius when it comes to capturing little moments--the kind of moments other filmmakers might throw away like spare pennies that have been rattling around in a car's glove compartment too long. Funny thing is, it's mostly these kind of unnoticed moments that make up a life. That's what makes her movies like homemade lemonade--what you're drawing in is refreshing, comforting and familiar, but not without a bite of acid.
I happened to rent River of Grass just because my favorite film critic MD'A mentioned it in passing when Old Joy was released. Wow, I've never been so happy about a random mention.
The deadpan humor in River of Grass sneaks up on you in such a subversively refreshing way. Images are gorgeously framed. Nothing fancy, but beautiful in their simplicity. The film's music is made up of either buzzing indie tunes or crackling jazz, but it always underlines whatever is unfolding onscreen perfectly.
This is the first time I've wanted to rewatch a movie three times in 24 hours and found new things to appreciate each time. It's not for everyone, mind you. Only you types who dig wry, offbeat, real and wonderful things.