Wednesday, November 15, 2017
THE HIDDEN RIVER (Jean-Francois Lesage) bomb
The loon calls at the end of this documentary were the only moving effect in this pretentious film where different groups of friends and family gather at different spots on a lovely river that seems to symbolize life’s flowing currents. There is a group of women who talk about their feelings of motherhood; two men who contemplate depression and death, young boys jumping in the river, one fly fisherwoman, a couple – she loves him; he is more into other things.
This film is so ridiculously unrealistic. Do people in nature truly wax philosophical for 20 minutes with each other. Not once, did anyone ask: “So how are you? What’s happening in your life? Peopledo not listen to head speak about life in such surroundings, other than in a life coaching class or in a university
lecture in a philosophy class with a bad professor.
Screened at RIDM, 2017.