Canada, Laos, 2015, 87 min., Color
John is an American volunteer doctor working in southern Laos. On his way home after an alcohol-soaked evening at a local bar, John intervenes in the sexual assault of a young woman, and the violence quickly escalates. The next day, the assailant's body is pulled out of the water. All the evidence points to John, who recognizes the nightmare that awaits if he's captured by the local authorities, and realizes that his only hope is to reach the US Embassy. With no time to think and no one to count on, he goes on the run. Addressing the incompatibility of different nations' judicial systems, RIVER raises questions: Was John's vigilante action the right thing to do? And is escaping the right thing for him to do now? The film manages to keep these issues present in our minds while remaining relentlessly on the move, creating a feverish crescendo that doesn't let up for one single minute.
— Toronto International Film Festival
Nick Sorbara, David Miller, Todd Brown
Jamie M. Dagg
Jamie M. Dagg
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Jamie M. Dagg was born in Timmins, Ontario and is based in Toronto. He wrote, directed and produced the short films WAITING (2005) and SUNDAY (2008). RIVER is his feature debut.