River of Grass

River of Grass ★★★½

Not entirely different from her most recent work. It's lacking about 15-20 minutes of her trademark patience, but her thematic and visual concerns are lucidly recognizable. This is very much a Reichardt version of the lovers-on-the-run story, where any break from tedium is deliciously savored, but the tedium endures and socio-economic shortcomings keep them from being the renegades they so long to be.

Also a pretty strong feminist allegory in a similar vein to 'The Witch', where submission to violence is a more compelling idea than the domestic stagnation they've been bred for. I didn't feel this as thoroughly as Reichardt's more polished, assured work, but I can feel it enduring with me in a very similar way. Kelly Reichardt is one of the great American filmmakers because of her adept focus on the intimate micro-events that happen in the absence of capitalized EVENTS.

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