The dark and twisted Take Me To The River is an intriguing and enjoyable little drama – though very slight, and never entirely convincing in terms of its characters’ motivations, behaviours or actions.
The sense of place and familial bonding/tension is strongly established through the crisp cinematography and subtle performances, with the creeping sense of mystery and dread making for a chilling atmosphere at odds with the idyllic surroundings.
It is marred, however, by some unfeasible character decisions that feel slightly too contrived to keep the narrative on course, when a simple conversation could have solved many of their misunderstandings.
An assured debut from Sobel shows great potential and gives a promising sign of things to come – though Take Me To The River is too thin to really impress.
CAST: Logan Miller, Robin Weigert, Josh Hamilton, Ursula Parker
DIRECTOR: Matt Sobel
WRITER: Matt Sobel
SYNOPSIS: An LA teenager’s plan to come out to his country-dwelling family at a get-together goes awry when he is falsely accused of abusing his young cousin.
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Take Me to the River was screened as part of the Dare Gala at the 2015 London Film Festival.