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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.

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Matt Sobel

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Matt Sobel
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Cast

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
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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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Not Rated

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Explosion See more »

Filming Locations:

Loup City, Nebraska, USA

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Ryder enters Molly's room her bed is made and she is sitting near the foot. In the reverse angle she is sitting in the center of the bed, nearer to the head, and the covers have been pulled back. A pair of blue jeans suddenly appears on the foot board of the other bed in the room. See more »

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References Katy Perry: California Gurls (2010) See more »

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Too cryptic
19 September 2016 | by silmarieniSee all my reviews

Yes, most movies coming out of Hollywood are formulaic, unoriginal and always follow a very restricted set of structures and stories. Yes, movies that are out of the mold, more subtle and that appeal to the intelligent participation of the viewers are to be cherished.

Still, I found Take me to the river way too cryptic. There aren't enough clues to hazard one or two solid interpretations. The storytelling is too open, and one leaves frustrated.

I like open-ended, I don't like non-stories.

On the plus side, the acting is very good, and the atmosphere is as electrical as it is sexually charged, for those who like suspense and do not dislike being taken a little outside their comfort zone.

In my opinion, with a little reworked screenplay, it could have been a very good, perhaps an outstanding film.


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