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  • Summary: Working as river guides for much of the 1970's, the director and his friends lived an unscheduled, communal, (often naked), outdoor life. Cutting between images of a month-long river trip filmed twenty-five years ago and the current lives of five people from that trip, the film explores bodies, time's passage and living with one's life choices. (Next Life Films) Collapse
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  1. 80
    Congratulations to Robb Moss for making such a crowd-pleaser. But more importantly, congratulations to Moss for having such interesting friends.
  2. The title of Robb Moss' documentary, The Same River Twice, draws directly from Greek philosopher Heraclitus' claim that "It is impossible to step in the same river twice."
  3. Reviewed by: Philip Kennicott
    If you can get past the "Big Chill" setup, there is a fine piece of moviemaking here.
  4. 70
    Far from an arthritic exercise in hippie nostalgia. There is a seasoned richness and vivid specificity to these lives, for all their hurts and losses. Yet the movie is shot through with an undeniable note of elegiac wistfulness.
  5. The old footage is definitely compelling, but once Moss trains his focus on the quotidian present, the movie takes on too much water to stay afloat.
  6. The movie offers glimmers of truth about the aging process, but there is always the sense that Moss only wades knee-high into this river.

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