The Endless River
Directed by Oliver Hermanus
A young waitress welcomes her husband home to the small South African town of Riviersonderend (Endless River) after his four-year jail sentence. At first it appears their plans for a new life together are finally being realized. But when the family of a foreigner living on a nearby farm is brutally murdered, the young woman and the grieving widower begin gravitating towards each other. Trapped in a cycle of violence and bloodshed, the two form an unlikely bond seeking to transcend their mutual anger, pain and loneliness.
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★★★★½ review by Aaron Healey on Letterboxd
A self-described love letter to 50s Hollywood Melodrama and the South African landscape. Subverting conventions of the former and scratching away the veneer of the latter to present an intimate experience of human connection and attempted recovery amidst the grief, rage, and hopelessness following severe trauma.
The Endless River is gorgeously executed with sublime performances from Nicolas Duvauchelle and Crystal Donna Roberts. The film has me searching for the body of works of all those involved.
★★★★½ review by Rolmar Baldonado on Letterboxd
Very elegant, stylised film with a lavish musical score deceivingly sugarcoats heavier themes. An interracial affair amidst a land beset with their tragedies.
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