Take Me to the River

A naive California teen plans to remain above the fray at his Nebraskan family reunion, but a strange encounter places him at the center of a long-buried family secret.


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  • ★★★★★ review by vgeorgie on Letterboxd

    The film achieves everything it sets out to do.

    It slowly but surely keeps putting more pressure on the viewer's chest, right up until an absolutely perfect song-choice to conclude the film. This film is incredible in its performances but especially in its tone. It's wonderfully uncomfortable and, as it unfolds, quite intricate.

  • ★★★★★ review by Paul on Letterboxd

    Ambiguous without leaving things unresolved. Not a single moment in this film seems to exist without a purpose. The clash of class is palpable between them all. Every little move someone makes is scrutinized and judged. The sounds of locusts in the weeds drown out thoughts. The murky brown water crashing on the shores is just as quietly noisy. Sexual identity, familial disconnect. Between one's self, and then between two or more. These people are flawed, historically and presently. Some can do evil things. Not always rational. This movie is terrifying, and I can't stop thinking about its dreamy dreariness, and its three-dimensional depiction of a family connected by blood, but diseased by actions of the past. Slowly, but surely, I realized just how masterful it all is.

  • ★★★★½ review by Aaron Hendrix on Letterboxd

    - I hope he doesn't mind a bunch of girls hanging on him.

    - Oh, it'll be good for him.

    Perhaps the tensest eighty minutes you can endure in film. An extraordinary and extraordinarily uncomfortable exploration of sexuality and family. An absolute must see. 4.5/5.

  • ★★★★½ review by Nikolas on Letterboxd

    A really unnerving, mystery, thriller, drama. Plot is a bit familiar to "The Hunt", but its a lot different movie. Loved it.

  • ★★★★ review by Ashton Kinley on Letterboxd

    Ryder singing his original song about eating out and being eaten out by another man at the dinner table in front of his Nebraskan redneck Aunt and Uncle, as well as their four young daughters, is a level of shade and drama that I aspire towards.

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