Rent Downriver (2015)

3.3 of 5 from 73 ratings
1h 39min
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James (Reef Ireland), 18, has been released from juvenile detention after serving time for his involvement in the suspected drowning of a young boy in a river years earlier. Ravaged with uncertainty, dealing with an estranged family and forced to face the dead boy's mother, James is set upon a journey of self discovery, shocking revelations and danger as questions surrounding the boy's death brim to the surface. Complicating matters further James also becomes embroiled in a love triangle between himself, Anthony and the holidaying Damien. Old friendships are questioned, family ties are tested and lives are put on the line as James must find his path to the truth. It's a path that will lead him...Downriver.
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Jannine Barnes
Grant Scicluna
Drama, Lesbian & Gay, Thrillers
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Run Time:
99 minutes
English Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9

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Reviews (1) of Downriver

Overly convoluted but rich in character - Downriver review by AER

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Overly convoluted Australian drama that tries hard to present interesting characters but everybody on show bar a few are awful people. It's an interesting angle, that of the murderer trying to solve his own crime. As a child, James has a hand in drowning a child with a friend, but then he has an epileptic fit and the dead child's body goes missing. 10 years later he tries to discover how much involvement his friend had in the crime. The trouble is a local fmaily is trying to throw him off the scent, What are their reasons for doing so?

The cast are uniformly good, and the plot is quite murky, so you need to pay attention to connect all the parts together, as there is a lot behind the scenes that you only glimpse. There are lots of lengthy sex scenes in Downriver which don't seem to add anything to the plot - with an already slim running time, the makers could have revealed more of the story. Reef Ireland, Thom Green, Kerry Fox (LITTLE JOE / AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE / SHALLOW GRAVE), and Robert Taylor (THE MATRIX) are all brilliant, especially the latter as a truckie who has a sensitive insight into James' plight. The cryptic ending will anger some viewers.

However if you like Australian dramas like Jindabyne, Beautiful Kate, or Lantana, then this is a worthy addition to the canon.

7 out of 10

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