The Same River Twice

In 1978, Robb Moss filmed a river trip he took with his hippie friends in the Grand Canyon; 20 years later he visited five of them to see how they’ve changed and to reflect on the old footage. It’s a natural subject for a documentary, but this is far more than an evocative chronicle of a generation. Moss has an acute feeling for structure and juxtaposition and for the quality and sensibility of his friends, each of whom seems to have preserved his or her love of nature in a different way. 78 min. (JR)

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Chaos

Coline Serreau’s feminist comedy-drama (2001), about an exploited middle-aged housewife and mother nursing back to health a severely beaten Algerian prostitute, zips along with exemplary anger. Yet she’s created a world in which all the bad guysvirtually every male in sightget their comeuppance and all the women reap their just rewards, which may be another form of whoring: catering to the audience’s baser desires. With Catherine Frot, Rachida Brakni, and Vincent Lindon. In French with subtitles. 109 min. (JR)

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The Creators Of The Shopping Worlds

A 2001 video about shopping malls by Harun Farocki, probably the most important living essayistic filmmaker working in Germany, who has made over 90 works since 1966. In German with subtitles. 72 min. (JR)

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The Guzzler Of Grizzly Manor

Self-styled goofy filmmaker George Kuchar tours festivals with some of his 60s work and pays mocking tribute both to himself and these events, with frequent allusions to the surrounding picturesque settings (2002). Fun but slight. 12 min. (JR)

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