Once Upon a River (2019) Movie Review


Director: Haroula Rose

Writer: Haroula Rose (Screenplay) Bonnie Jo Campbell (Book)

Starring: Kenadi DelaCerna, John Ashton, Tatanka Means, Ajuawak Kapashesit, Kenn E Head, Lindsay Pulsipher

Plot: Margo Crane’s odyssey on the Stark River introduces her to a world filled with wonders and dangers.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Once Upon a River starts as teenage girl Margo (Crane) finds herself being taken advantage of by a family member, which will lead to her father Bernard (Means) looking to move her away from the community, ending in tragedy.

Finding herself alone in the world, Margo looks to travel along the river in hopes of finding her mother that left them years before, along the way she will learn a lot about life, from the different people she meets along the way.

Thoughts on Once Upon a River

ThoughtsOnce Upon a River is a coming-of-age tale that will show the hardship thrown upon a teenage girl who loses her father and looks to find her mother, learning about the world in a different way than she should, one which will make her grow up faster than she was prepared for. This does show the incredibly difficult journey that Margo must go on, one where she doesn’t know what she needs of wants from her journey. Kenadi DelaCerna in the leading role is amazing as we see what her character must go through and with a great supporting cast, all bringing something to the table to help Margo through her journey. This is a powerful drama that will leave an impact on you, as you see just how hard the journey has been for Margo.

Final Thoughts Once Upon a River is a powerful coming-of-age tale.

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