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Suspicious River (2000)

R | | Drama | 8 August 2001 (France)
A young married woman (Parker) sells her body, not just for money, to guests at the motel where she works as a receptionist.

Director:

Lynne Stopkewich

Writers:

Laura Kasischke (novel), Lynne Stopkewich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Parker ... Leila Murray
Callum Keith Rennie ... Gary Jensen
Katie Keating ... Young Girl (as Mary Kate Welsh)
Joel Bissonnette ... Rick Schmidt
Deanna Milligan ... Millie
Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Bonnie (as Sarah Jane Redmond)
Norman Armour Norman Armour ... Jack
Byron Lucas Byron Lucas ... Uncle Andy
Michael Shanks ... Ball Cap Man
Paul Jarrett ... Rob
Don S. Davis ... Golf Shirt Man
Jay Brazeau ... Suitcase Man
Bruno Verdoni ... Ralph
Ingrid Tesch ... Gary's Wife
John R. Taylor John R. Taylor ... Old Man
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Storyline

A young, married motel receptionist in a small town sells her body to motel guests, but not just for money. This dangerous other life leads her to a male version of herself, who takes her to the extreme edge, the same place her mother had been before but did not survive. Written by Anonymous

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Deeper than you ever feared.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including sexual violence, and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyanús folyó See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,350
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film takes place in the early 80s, so Molly Parker and Lynne Stopkewich went to pick out vintage clothes for Leila to wear. See more »

Soundtracks

King Of Love
Written by Mark Johnson
Performed by Blackie And The Rodeo Kings
(c) High Romance Music Ltd.
Courtesy of True North Records
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Edgy, Deep Film
1 August 2003 | by courser-1See all my reviews

I read quite a few reviews here before I opted to buy Suspicious River. I had heard quite a bit about it while it was filming, but then was a bit put off on actually buying it. I finally did and am glad I did.

I've become a fan of Canadian film the last few years and find that many of them could be considered 'disturbing' by some. I didn't find Suspicious River all that disturbing, but an interesting view of a young woman fighting her demons. Certainly this film was no more disturbing than, say, Crash or The Sweet Hereafter.

I thought the film was extremely well done. Both Parker and Rennie did justice to their roles. I never considered Parker's lack of emotion to be a flaw, but an integral part of her character.

Probably a bit too edgy for mainstream audiences, with its long silences and scenery shots, but for me, it all enhanced the mood of the film.

I've found I really enjoy the smaller scale, more character driven films by Canadian filmmakers. It's also fun, since the pool of Canadian actors is much smaller than in the US and therefore, you get to see actors playing a multitude, very different parts.

I enjoyed the film very much.


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