All audienceLenght : 86 min // Ratio : // Format : dcp
Junta Yamaguchi had captured the hearts of festival-goers around the world with Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, a model of delirious high concept, masterfully executed with no budget and enthusiasm. At first glance, River seems to be based on a similar storyline, revolving around the same period of time. The script, once again by Makoto Ueda, deploys a narrative inventiveness that dispels any hint of repetition. The camera exploits every nook and cranny of its fabulous setting, and the rhythm pretends to establish a routine, the better to shake it up. The characters are animated by a contagious curiosity and voluntarism, racing against the clock with gusto. Beyond the temporal gimmick, the duo's films stand out for their total jubilation.