The River

The River ★★½

An isolated story is brought to life by impressive visuals, but its pace is what loses me.

It's an interesting premise, and quite a shock when you realize at what point in time the film takes place. It's more often now we see stories from a child's point of view, and so it's interesting to see how films change how this point of view is presented. However, I couldn't engage with the film very much. It's very slow, lingering on shots for longer than 10-15sec, then bringing us to the next. It's an atmospheric film, one in which the characters only interact with the environment and with each-other. The wardrobe sets the mood and as an audience, we're only supposed to look, but I can't help but struggle to feel with any of their actions.