Big River Man

Big River Man

This documentary follows Martin Stren as he attempts to complete the longest swim in the world: 3393 miles down the Amazon River. 3.5 out of 5 based on 11 reviews
Big River Man

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Certificate
Genre Documentary
Director John Maringouin
Cast Borut Strel, Martin Strel Matthew Mohlke
Studio Revolver
Release Date September 2009
Running Time 100 minutes
 

This documentary follows Martin Stren as he attempts to complete the longest swim in the world: 3393 miles down the Amazon River.

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The Independent on Sunday

Laurence Phelan

A gripping documentary – positively Herzogian in its wry examination of the borderland between quixotic obsession and insanity, and of the pitiless indifference of the natural world – it charts a 2007 attempt by Martin Strel to swim the length of the Amazon.

06/09/2009

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

It's a memorable portrait of a genuine eccentric, which will remind many of Werner Herzog's films Fitzcarraldo and Grizzly Man. I was left unconvinced by Martin's claims to be an eco-warrior, and ultimately he comes across as an insane egotist, Slovenia's answer to Borat.

04/09/2009

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Time Out

Ben Walters

As the 70 days of the attempt unfold, Strel emerges as less exotic curio or eco-campaigner (despite the film’s attempts to frame him as such) than genuinely Herzogian obsessive, compelled to seek both unity with and mastery over nature.

03/09/2009

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The Times

David Hayles

It starts like Borat made by Werner Herzog; then turns into an unhinged downriver adventure. Strel doesn’t so much go native as animal — in the water he resembles a lithe hippo.

05/09/2009

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

It’s a messy film — a few scenes look to be reconstructions, and the lack of any interview with Strel himself is frustrating — but it certainly shows us a colourful part of life’s rich tapestry.

06/09/2009

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The Mirror

Mark Adams

Hilarious and compulsive documentary

30/08/2009

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The Observer

Philip French

The man is a mad obsessive and one is surprised that he hasn't ended up in the exotic trophy room of Werner Herzog, whose films Big River Man resembles. As if Strel were not enough, the expedition was accompanied as navigator by an American hippy, Matthew Mohlke, who makes Dennis Hopper's photographer in Apocalypse Now look like Al Gore and regards Strel as "almost Christ-like" and "the last superhero in the world."

06/09/2009

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The Times

Toby Young

Big River Man seems like a spoof at first.

04/09/2009

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The Financial Times

Peter Aspden

Big River Man is a documentary portrait of Slovenian extreme swimmer Martin Strel, and it follows his record-breaking attempt to swim the length of the river Amazon. Are we reaching saturation point for these poignant studies of excess?

02/09/2009

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The Guardian

Andrew Pulver

A bizarre, occasionally troubling documentary about marathon swimmer Martin Strel, the Slovenian who made headlines with his record-breaking swim down the Amazon river in 2007

04/09/2009

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Filmed by his son and assistant Borut, this chronicle of his swim is fuzzy and flaky: the implication is that Strel, exhausted and delirious from his efforts, suffered a mental breakdown. His story requires a comparable narrator: one wonders what Werner Herzog might have done with it.

04/09/2009

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