In the south of Laos, an American volunteer doctor becomes a fugitive after he intervenes in the sexual assault of a young woman. When the assailant's body is pulled from the Mekong River, things quickly spiral out of control.


Jamie M. Dagg


Jamie M. Dagg
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Credited cast:
Rossif Sutherland ... John Lake
Douangmany Soliphanh Douangmany Soliphanh ... Douangmany
Sara Botsford ... Dr. Stephanie Novella
Ted Atherton ... Patrick Reardon
David Soncin ... Simon
Aidan Gillett Aidan Gillett ... Lachlan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yannawoutthi Chanthalungsy Yannawoutthi Chanthalungsy ... Lao Police Captain
Karen Glave ... Beverly Hartwick
Vithaya Pansringarm ... Bartender
Amphaiphun Phommapunya Amphaiphun Phommapunya ... Nang
Naliphone Siviengxay Naliphone Siviengxay ... Bungalow Proprietor
Marc Swenker ... Man in Ticket Line


A medical practitioner, volunteering in southeast Asia, tries to prevent a woman from being sexually assaulted. What happens as a result, makes him appear to the authorities as the instigator of a crime,, but afraid his story won't be believed, he tries to escape from the police. Written by john jegan

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There is a fair bit of dialogue spoken in French but the Amazon Prime version of this movie does not provide closed captioning translation of any of the French dialogue. This degrades the viewer's ability to follow some of the drama and action. Just a very poor decision or at least lackadaisical screening for suitability for English-speaking viewers. See more »


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A Canadian director directing a Laotian film?
20 November 2016 | by horitajSee all my reviews

"River" is a Laotian film about John Lake, an American doctor working in Laos, who intervenes in the sexual assault of a young woman by an Australian tourist. His efforts of intervening lead to him killing the Australian tourist, being mistakenly accused of sexually assaulting the woman, and having him being a wanted fugitive. The film is directed by first time Canadian director Jamie M. Dagg, who does one hell of a job with this film.

The film takes its time to develop the character of John and then throws him in this crazy situation that he mistakenly got himself into. I felt so empathetic towards John because he wanted to do the right thing, and by doing so he accidentally kills a guy and is falsely accused of assaulting a woman. The story is very simple and has been done in many other films before but what makes "River" standout is its realism and Rossif Sutherland's performance as John. Sutherland brings so much energy to this role and does an excellent job being a frantic, scared, and innocent person.

As the film continues and John is on the run you later find out who the Australian tourist is related to which adds a new level of extremity to the situation. There's not a lot to say about the film story wise, you have a man on the run and doing what he can to not get arrested for false causes. The performances are great, the direction is great, and the cinematography is overall very well.

A couple issues I had with the film is that during some scenes when John is being chased or running the camera is very shaky. And at the last ten or so minutes of the film something is revealed about the situation John's in which causes our character to make an action that didn't sit too well with me.

Overall "River" is a wonderful directorial debut for Jamie Dagg, which displays great performances from Rossif Sutherland, and all of the cast as well. I'm looking forward to what this talented young man will do next.

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Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Gyakkô See more »

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Laos See more »


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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