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Turn the River
Directed by Chris Eigeman
Produced by Ami Armstrong
Written by Chris Eigeman
Starring Famke Janssen
Jaymie Dornan
Rip Torn
Matt Ross
Lois Smith
Marin Hinkle
Terry Kinney
Jordan Bridges
Ari Graynor
Release date(s) May 9 2008 (limited theatrical), July 22nd 2008 DVD
Running time 92 min.
Language English

Turn the River is a film that was written and directed by Chris Eigeman. The film debuted at the Hamptons International Film Festival on October 17, 2007.




Turn the River stars Famke Janssen as Kailey Sullivan, a woman rough around the edges and schooled in hard knocks. Divorced from her son's father and without visitation rights, she and her son write letters to each other and meet surreptitiously. The film centers on her efforts to raise money winning at cards and one-pocket pool in order to kidnap her son from his troubled father and the father's dysfunctional Catholic family. Sullivan has the best intentions, but not the greatest plan to achieve them. Sullivan attempts to confront her past and battle her demons, all to save her son Gulley.


Entertainment website, Variety, offered the following analysis:

In casting a woman in a traditionally male role, Eigeman subtly shifts both genre and gender. His heroine adopts the iconography of the hustler movie, but feminizes it: The image of a woman camping out on a pool table reads less as rugged than vulnerable. When Kailey gets beaten up, it's not for being a hustler but for being a woman, as male rage explodes on the barest pretext.[1]

Critical reception

As of April 11, 2009, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 67% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 18 reviews.[2]


Eigeman won the Zicherman Family Foundation Award For Best Screenwriter "for its unflinching realism, pitch perfect dialogue and three-dimensional characters in a world that is so often given to stereotypes."[3]

Janssen was awarded a Special Jury Best Actress Prize for her work in the film "for a brave and touching portrayal of a woman fighting for her child and her life."[3]


The music on the soundtrack of the movie is composed by Clogs.


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