A River Runs Through It tells the story of two brothers played by Craig Sheffer and Brad Pitt, raised in a community with strong Presbyterian values and a love of fly-fishing passed on to them by their father. Bound together by the river that coursed through their childhood days, their contrasting personalities nevertheless push them onto different life paths.
A River Runs Through It, Robert Redford's ode to nature
Renowned American actor Robert Redford's first forays into the world of directing came in 1980 with Ordinary People, a drama that earnt him the Academy Award for Best Director. In 1992, he directed his third feature film, A River Runs Through It, the screen adaptation of Norman Maclean's autobiography, a poetic account of his youth in Montana. Cannes Classics treats viewers to a restored print of this masterpiece.
Norman Maclean described the story as the tale of a united family that had never learnt to communicate. The film takes the concept even further, and explores the cost of caring for a person on a downward spiral, a loved one beyond help.
Over and above his depiction of brotherly love and childhood nostalgia, Robert Redford turned this story into an ode to Mother Nature, a cause dear to his heart, through shots that celebrate the beauty of the countryside, infusing the narrative with grace, sensitivity and authenticity.
A River Runs Through It is widely held to be one of Robert Redford's most beautiful films, with Director of Photography Philippe Rousselot winning an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.