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Take Me to the River (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama | 26 January 2015 (USA)
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A Californian teenager's plan to come out at his Nebraskan family reunion gets derailed when a bloodstain on his young cousin's dress makes him the unwitting suspect of abuse.


Matt Sobel


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Complete credited cast:
Logan Miller ... Ryder
Robin Weigert ... Cindy
Josh Hamilton ... Keith
Richard Schiff ... Don
Ursula Parker ... Molly
Azura Skye ... Ruth
Elizabeth Franz ... Evelyn
Ashley Gerasimovich ... Abbey
Grant Young Grant Young ... Jeremy
Seth Young Seth Young ... Trenton
Amy Hostetler Amy Hostetler ... Terry
Ella Jaixen Ella Jaixen ... Keith's Younger Daughter
Athena Mostek Athena Mostek ... Keith's Youngest Daughter


Ronnie Scheib of Variety says this is writer-director Matt Sobel's, first full length film. 'Take Me to the River' unfolds in an atmosphere of mystery and dread that contrasts with its surroundings' bucolic serenity. A gay Californian teenager's visit to Nebraskan relatives turns more nightmarish than he anticipated, for reasons that he never could have imagined, as clouds of displaced sexuality hover over flowing rivers, fertile fields and little girls on big horses. Told uniquely through the kid's (Ryder, played by Logan Miller) largely uncomprehending point of view, this Midwestern gothic tale maintains sufficient visual distance to suggest alternative narratives from other perspectives. This superlatively acted indie film promises more than it delivers, but chillingly evokes sufficient primal dread to intrigue all audiences. The film debuted at the Sundance festival on January 26, 2015. Written by mycroftmy

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26 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Loup City, Nebraska, USA


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$1,509, 20 March 2016

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2.35 : 1
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Ursula Parker (Molly) and Ashley Gerasimovich (Abbey) both played Louie's daughter Jane in Louie (2010) See more »


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A Haunting, Sad, Amazing, Beautiful, Impactful Emotional Ride of a Lifetime
5 July 2016 | by briandouglasnvSee all my reviews

I was bored during the holiday in this movie came across Amazon. I read the description and wasn't really sure but it looked like a decent enough independent film. Since I'm becoming a bigger fan of independent films lately because of the dribble that Hollywood is putting out, I figured this was something that might entertain me.

I was completely wrong...it not only entertained me but it floored me. I'm not truly sure how to describe this movie. It's not a horror movie, as it has no gore or blood or anything else, but it's also not NOT a horror movie, because of the events that take place throughout this movie.

The truth is I have honestly not seen a movie quite so impactful in probably 10 years. I'm going to list a few things for those of you who have not seen it and will do so without giving away any spoilers I promise. I am going to give you some advance knowledge that I believe will help you watch the movie in a more enjoyable way. If you don't want any advance advice about the movie then stop reading here but I'm definitely not going to give away any spoilers.

1. Go into this movie with an open mind and be prepared to think about EVERY word that is spoken and EVERY action that is taken by EVERY character in the movie regardless of how small. The littlest most insignificant things that take place in this movie can mean so much in later parts of the movie when you're trying to figure out exactly what is going on.

2. Don't give up quickly on the movie when you believe in your mind that the big reveal has been given away in the first 15 minutes. It only seems that way. Keep that open mind going and watch the remainder of the film.

3. Immerse yourself in this film and don't do anything else while you're watching it. Don't check your phone, don't play games, don't talk to anybody in the room. Sit in your most comfortable chair and immerse yourself in the movie like you would a good book. Failing to do so will make you wonder what you missed and require you to go backward in the movie and trust me when I tell you, you don't want to watch too much of this twice in the same sitting.

All of that said this movie has some very beautiful scenery and is shot well. I have no complaints whatsoever about the cinematography nor do I have any complaints about the story or the plot. This movie stands for itself and it is what it is.

I hope you enjoy it like I did.

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