Directed by Kelly Reichardt • 1994 • United States
Starring Lisa Bowman, Larry Fessenden
Kelly Reichardt’s darkly funny debut feature brought the writer-director back to the suburban landscape of southern Florida, where she grew up with her detective father and narcotics-agent mother. Shot on 16 mm, the film follows the misadventures of disaffected housewife Cozy (Lisa Bowman) and the aimless layabout Lee, played by Larry Fessenden, who also edited the film. Described by Reichardt as “a road movie without the road, a love story without the love, and a crime story without the crime,” RIVER OF GRASS introduces viewers to a director already in command of her craft and defining her signature style.