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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 02.09.16] Canada thriller

Canadian writer/director Jamie M. Dagg is no stranger to the Toronto International Film Festival. Both of his short films played the fest in previous years which was a great sign that the up-and-coming director was one to watch but one can never really tell if good shorts will equal good features. In the case of Dagg, that certainly seems to be the case.

I missed River when it played the Whister late last year and judging from the buzz around the movie, I'm disappointed that I didn't have a chance to see it.

River stars Rossif Sutherland (yup, of that Sutherland clan) as John Lake, a volunteer doctor working in Laos who intervenes in the sexual assault of a young woman. When the body of the perpetrator is pulled from the Mekong River, John's life quickly spirals out of control and the doctor finds himself on the run.

Shot on location in Laos, the Canadian production was favourably received at TIFF before making a splash at Whistler where it took home the top critic prize: the Borsos Competition for best Canadian film. The newly release trailer certainly suggests a tense thriller with a great lead performance from Sutherland who has appeared as a supporting player on a number of movies and TV shows.

Canadians will have a chance to see River when it opens in limited release across Canada on March 4. Well Go USA picked up the movie for US distribution late last year and plans a summer release.

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