The River King (2005) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Abel Grey is sent to investigate the death of a boy from an exclusive local school, who is found floating in the river. Fearing scandal, the school insists it was suicide. But after discovering from the boy's girlfriend, Carlin, that he was being badly bullied, Abel suspects that a dangerous schoolboy initiation has gone horribly wrong and he secretly solicits the help of a sympathetic teacher, Betsy. He is warned off the investigation by his boss, as the school is a generous benefactor to the Police benevolent fund. Abel, however, cannot let the case go, not only because his own brother committed suicide years before, but also it seems that the spirit of the dead boy is leaving them clues as to what really happened that night.

    - Written by CaptainStigmata
  • In the city of Hadin, when two children find the body of the student Gus Pierce underneath the frozen water of the River King, the policeman Abel Grey is assigned for the investigation. The dean of the powerful and conservative local Haddan School where Gus studied, afraid of a possible scandal, tells the police that the outcast boy committed suicide. But Abel, after interviewing his best girlfriend, Carlin Leander, suspects that Gus was victim of a hazing of the Order of the Elect, a secret society of the Chalk House. Along his investigation, Abel, who has a trauma with the loss of his brother Frank years ago, finds corruption in his department and love with the teacher Betsy Chase. In the end, he discloses the truth about the death of Gus, and resolves his innermost issues with the ghost of Frank.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


A detective belives the apparent sucide of a student may have been a hazing ritual gone awry. Based on a novel by Alice Hoffman.

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