The Same River Twice (1978, 2003)




a beautiful documentary...borrowed from chelsea...
The Same River Twice, 2003 by Rob Moss.


rob moss filmed the original footage on a river trip in 1978. his group of friends took a 35 day journey down the colorado river in boats; a big naked wily free spirited community.




he then revisits some of his friends twenty years later, at their disparate homes and lives in the late nineties. 
you get to peek back and forth in time to glimpse moments in these very different parts of life.  wild naked river, skin and sky and rock. office, medicine cabinet, cars and kids.
i love it because it is never judgmental; moss doesn't tell us what to think about either the youthful time of carefree adventure nor the responsible time of partnership and family life, nor any of the varied responses the characters have to the span of these years. we just watch with open hearts. it is a moving experience.



it is a particularly poignant experience for me, watching, because some of the characters end up locals here in my neighborhood. barry wasserman, on the right above, is mayor of placerville in the 90s. riverdude jim is living in coloma by the river. he still comes in the bakery where joey and chelsea work all the time. the river community reflects here vividly and i see streets and landmarks from my town that makes them seem endearing to me. i see my friend rachel and her sister lauren as little girls in the late 90s drawing pictures and cards in support of the election. frozen moments of placerville's past captured making you wonder what might have been if the politicians had stopped rampant growth, if fathers had not gotten sick, if Intel had never moved to folsom, if WalMart never moved in on the westside of town, if couples never got divorced.


and always, always, the water. the rivers. in arizona, in utah, through canyons, deserts, and here in the mountains and forests. for us to give our troubles to, to send them off down to wide oceans that can hold all, big as our earth, twice as deep as the mountains, full of the rumblings and roarings of our souls.




it's a good summer journey you can get on netflix.
whenever i write about a film here, it makes me wish we could gather in real life and have a movie night. make some popcorn and have follow up discussions!

Comments

Amanda said…
No I have to go find this!
Amy Beatty said…
I want movie night sooo bad!!! With you that is. This movie looks all to amazing I will most def check it out. You just made the best teaser for it!! Let's go naked on our UT trip in some swimming hole xo
dude, those first few pictures made me trip out because we used to camp in a place that looked like that when i was a kid, and my parents friends looked just like them! except not everyone was naked. some people were, just not all. looks super cool! thanks for the rec!
Teeny said…
Oh, this is awesome Heather! The nekkid people in all their pre-brazilian wax glory. What a cool documented piece of your town history. I hope I get to visit there! It so happens today I was looking at photos of my parents and aunts and uncles in the 70s by our local river (for my own to be written blogpost)....none of them nude, but all of them gloriously cool. I reading your writing, words are your magic girl.
x
mo marie said…
wow this is crazy the timing of your post! We just got this movie on Netflix from Chelsea's blog but it got too late last night to watch it. For sure tonight though! Excited to see this intriguing film. Glad to hear it was a good one.
Milla said…
Mmmmovie nights. We've been having those and this, as all your recommendations, will surely be added to our que. I can't wait. Whaddya put on your popcorn btw? We do brewer's yeast, butter and charlie always wants m&ms but never gets them ;D
AdieSpringB said…
...........chipotle moving to town.............. (which I can't BELIEVE people seem to be stoked on???) ....

Honey... I love this and I can't wait to watch this documentary!
Missa said…
Added to the que! Internets ladies movie night would be soooo much fun! Hope you enjoyed your night out in Santa Rosa, it would have been fun to say hi, but I know how it is, hopefully next time!

Hey Milla, have you guys tried adding a little of the Bragg liquid aminos (the spray bottle is handy for this) to the brewer's yeast/butter popcorn combo? That's what we do because Lucas grew up on the stuff and it's super yum!
Celynne said…
Darn, wish I'd known this was on Netflix while I was at my boyfriend's, could have watched it. Maybe I can find it online somewhere...

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