The River Why

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"You can't escape the past!"
  • PG-13
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 5.2  (5,044)

The River Why is a 2011 drama directed by Matthew Leutwyler, starring an ensemble cast including Ray Liotta, Gisele Fraga, and Michael Rodrick. Based on the 1983 novel of the same name by David James Duncan, the movie is a coming-of-age tale about a young man named Gus (played by Zach Gilford) who embarks on a spiritual journey to find himself and discover the meaning of life through his love of fishing.

The film begins with a brief introduction to Gus as a child, growing up in Oregon with his parents, both avid fishermen. Gus quickly becomes obsessed with fishing as a way to escape the intensity of his philosophical family, eventually deciding to leave home and take up residence in a cabin near a remote river. Gus is determined to live a life of solitude, away from the trappings of modern society, and to focus solely on his passion for fishing.

As he spends more time alone, Gus begins to question his purpose in life and the choices he has made. He meets a diverse cast of characters who teach him lessons about love, life, and the importance of community. He also falls in love with a beautiful Brazilian woman named Eddy (Gisele Fraga), who opens his eyes to the beauty of the world beyond his fishing rod.

Throughout the film, Gus learns valuable lessons about himself and the world around him. He comes to understand that life is not just about the pursuit of his own interests, but also about connecting with the people and environment around him. He learns to appreciate his family, both for their quirks and their love, and reconnects with his father (Ray Liotta), who is also a fisherman.

The River Why is a beautifully shot film that captures the majesty of the Oregon wilderness and the joy of fishing. The film's themes of self-discovery, love, and the importance of connection are universal and relatable. The actors give strong performances, particularly Zach Gilford in the lead role, who conveys the complexity and self-doubt of Gus's journey. The supporting cast, including Gisele Fraga and Ray Liotta, provide compelling relationships and insight into Gus's world.

The River Why is not just for those who love fishing, although it certainly speaks to them. It is a film for anyone who has ever felt adrift in life, searching for meaning and purpose, and struggling to connect with others. It is a reminder that, no matter how far we wander, we can always come home to the people and places that matter most.

The River Why is a 2010 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.2.

The River Why
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    5.2  (5,044)