Take Me to the River

Synopsis: Ronnie Scheib of Variety says this is writer-director Matt Sobel's, first full length film. 'Take Me to the River' unfolds in an atmosphere of mystery and dread that contrasts with its surroundings' bucolic serenity. A gay Californian teenager's visit to Nebraskan relatives turns more nightmarish than he anticipated, for reasons that he never could have imagined, as clouds of displaced sexuality hover over flowing rivers, fertile fields and little girls on big horses. Told uniquely through the kid's (Ryder, played by Logan Miller) largely uncomprehending point of view, this Midwestern gothic tale maintains sufficient visual distance to suggest alternative narratives from other perspectives. This superlatively acted indie film promises more than it delivers, but chillingly evokes sufficient primal dread to intrigue all audiences. The film debuted at the Sundance festival on January 26, 2015.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Matt Sobel
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min



Yeah, Monkey Face?

Have you, told

the Nebraskan family I'm gay?

No. Was I supposed to?

I don't know.

I was kind of thinking

that while we're here...

maybe we don't need to make

a real big deal about it.

So you just...

You want me to lie?

No, come on. Not lie.

Don, will you help me? I...

You're better with words.

Well, you know what,

it's-it's not about you.

Okay? That's fair.

It's... It's about Mom

and it's about Grandma.

And it's about having a good

time with the Nebraska family,

and let's not focus

on you, okay?

Right. Okay.

So, we should

tell the entire family...

that you're

not really Jewish too.


Everybody just

squeeze in just a little.

There you go.


Everybody look at the camera.

I can't get everybody...


Squeeze just a... Say, "Go, Oklahoma

Sooners." Kidding. Kidding.

- Ryder, come stand back here by me.

- See, I can't get...

The house...

The house is cut off.

- You ready... ready, Don?

- Yeah, Cindy.

It doesn't have to be perfect, just make

sure you get everyone in the picture.

Why'd you take your pants off?

I'm just going to move this.

Ryder. Ryder, chin up.

There we go. We can

barely get everybody in.

Okay, everybody say,

"Go, Cornhuskers!"

Go, Cornhuskers!

Louder! Go, Cornhuskers!


Did it go?

Not yet, Mom.

The beans has to come

out of the oven.


Wait, wait! One more.

One more for-for safety, guys.

Come on, guys...

Hey, Ryder.

Come here.


- Push me.

- No, Dad, I'm not gonna...

Come on, push me. I want to

show you what happens. Push me.

You see?

You see what happens?

You come at me,

I redirect your energy.

Hey, they can't fight you unless you

give them something to fight against.


Come on, chin up?

Come on. Come on.



Show me your best aikido.

Great, Joe.

Get that one in there.


Good, Donny.

Honey, give the guy

a little space now.


That looks just like

Ginger horse.

She still has the picture

from last year on her wall.


Looks like you got a fan here.

Are you really from California?

- Really?

- Yeah.


And... it is done.


- Sign it.

- There we go. Okay.

How-how do you

spell your name again?

It's M...


L, L...


I'm afraid he's gonna have his

hands full with that one.

All right, now say thank you.

- Thank you.

- Come on, now.

Let him do a picture

for one of your sisters.

I want a mother and a baby deer.

- Ask nicely, Abbey.

- Please! Please! Please! Can I have...

I hope he doesn't mind a bunch

of girls hanging on him.

It'll be good for him.

What's up with his shorts?

Is that a swimsuit?

- Ryder?

- What?

Is that a swimsuit?


Is it underwear?

They're shorts.

Told ya.

You following us, Ryder?


Where'd you get those glasses?

The 1980s.



Keep talking so I can find you.


I'm-I'm right here. Hi.

- Gotcha.

- Yeah.

Can you stand up a second?

Ruth told me you had the shortest

pants on she'd ever seen.

So I need to check

them out for myself.

You have a lot of guts whipping

these out on Grandma's farm.

Ryder, I'm sorry, but Molly's refusing

to let anyone tie her shoes but you.

Looks like you got

your hands full here.

Okay. I... I can tie 'em for

her if she wants me to.


Being fickle today.

Can't talk reason with her.

It's cool.

There we go.

There's the first one.

And there we go.

All right now, say thank you.

Let's go to the hay mound

like you asked for.

- I want to go with Ryder.

- Let the poor guy finish his dinner.

I want to go with Ryder!

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