River of Grass

River of Grass ★★★★

Maybe my least favorite of Reichardt's, tied with Night Moves, but this film is very successful at many things that Reichardt has honed to perfection in her later films.
The establishment of a vibrant setting, the depiction of discontent, proud characters, and the exploration of gender and class are all captured and conveyed with inventiveness and confidence.
I think the desperation of the lower class is grounded more emotionally in Wendy and Lucy, and the depiction of symbolic violence against women is better done, and more maturely explored, in Meek's Cutoff.
But nevertheless, this film is very well done and very, very inspiring.

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