The Same River Twice


Middle 40-60% of all time (see others with this rank)

Festival Year

2003 (click here to see all competition films from this year)


Documentary Competition

Non-Cast Credits

Robb Moss, Linda Morgenstern, Karen Schmeer


Using footage form a film shot 24 years ago and a series of contemporary interviews with the same people, filmmaker Robb Moss creates a beguiling and elucidating work that is both personal and generational. Having spent his college years at Berkeley, "resisting the cultural an political momentum of a middle-class upbringing," he constructs a self-described "temporal mosaic" that examines the present-day lives of five of the characters form his orignal film, Riversdogs, about a community of river rafters/whitewater guides, was shot in the fall of 1978 as a portrait of a group attempting to form a utopian collective. One of the riveting features of the film was that the characters were usually naked as they moved down the river. In this contemporary on further displays as they talk about where their lives have taken them.

Moss's cinematic timeline is drawn with the kind of candidness and honesty that only intimate knowledge allows. This is the "direct cinema" that transports you back in time as it showcases a generation that took its value-changing youth seriously. Despite growing up and having to adjust to societal norms, these people are clearly still "under the influence" of a river that flows through their lives.


Geoffrey Gilmore (see other films reviewed by the same reviewer)

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