River of Grass

River of Grass ★★★★½

"All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun" - Goddard

It's a classic statement and seems to be the basis that the director, Kelly Reichardt seems to be working off of for this particular story. The phrase itself seems to equate the girl as a item in the story just like a gun. So Reichardt subverts the norm and gives us a female character that is more than a story point and is actually the main focus.

It's format is loose, bombastic and quick. Paired well with a spastic jazz soundtrack backing. It plays out like a typical 90s indie thriller but intercuts still frame montages so it has this sense of art house tendencies while still maintaining a mainstream narrative. A fair amount of well played humor that plays off of the situations and character examination. Which essentially is the core of this. The main character trying to aimlessly wander and discover who she is so she is not just equated to a gun.

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