River of Grass (4/23)

Co-presented by Women of Cinefamily

A mischievous, dark comedy, Kelly Reichardt’s feature debut — not succeeded by a sophomore feature until a decade later — established her as an auteur right out of the gate. Grass, presented in a new DCP restoration, follows disinterested housewife Cozy (Lisa Bowman), her barroom encounter with Lee Ray (indie stalwart & co-editor Larry Fessenden), and their subsequent plan to take to the road when they believe they’ve committed a murder. Alas, the titular river of grass acts as a sudoric, undefeatable foe determined to keep the couple right where they are. Named for the Everglades in Florida, Grass initially borrows liberally from Malick’s Badlands; as the film unfolds, Reichardt reveals her unique obsession with subverted expectations and her knack for an immaculate use of location.

This restoration was made possible by Oscilloscope Laboratories, Sundance Institute, UCLA Film and Television Archive, TIFF, and hundreds of Kickstarter backers.

Dir. Kelly Reichardt, 1994, DCP Restoration, 76 min.

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