Country: USA
Year: 2005
Duration: 76'

Two old friends, Mark and Kurt, reunite for a weekend camping trip in the mountains outside Portland, Oregon. Kurt is still the free spirit, unrooted, drifting through life, but Mark has moved on, with a serious relationship and baby on the way. As the hours progress and the landscape changes, the two men move through a range of subtle emotions, enacting a pilgrimage of mutual confusion, sudden insight and spiritual battle. When they arrive at their destination, a hot spring in an old growth forest, they must confront the divergent paths they have taken.

“In the summer of 2004 the presidential campaign was in full swing and the war in Iraq still seemed like a good idea to at least half of America. I was driving cross-country when I received from a friend a minimalist story of friendship that captured all the feeling of loss and alienation that everyone in my world seemed to be grappling with. Mark and Kurt’s relationship was, among other things, a great metaphor for the selfsatisfied, ineffectualness of the Left.” (K. Reichardt)


film director

Kelly Reichardt

Kelly Reichardt (Miami, Florida), after making various Super8 videos at the Massachusetts College of Art, moved to New York in 1988, where she worked for the directors Todd Haynes, Hal Hartley, David O. Russell, Mark Levine and Norman René. In 1993 she debuted with the full-length film River of Grass, which was projected at the Sundance Film Festival and at the Cinema Giovani in Turin, and cited as one of the best films of 1995 by “The Boston Globe,” “Village Voice,” and “Film Comment.” In 1999, she directed Ode, inspired by Herman Raucher’s Ode to Billy Joe, presented at New York, Rotterdam and Venice. In 2004 her short film Travis was screened at Torino Film Festival.


Roadmovies - A Trilogy (cm, 1984-86), Dumptruck (cm, 1985), Miracle Legion (cm, 1986), Big Dipper (cm, 1987), Christmas (co-regia/co-director, cm, 1992), Helmet (co-regia/co-director, cm, 1992), River of Grass (1994), Home Movies (cm, 1998), Ode (mm, 1999), Then, a Year (2002), Travis (cm, 2004), Old Joy (2006, Wendy
and Lucy