Across the River is a very atmospheric horror film, with very little dialogue, character development, or even plot. The Italian film, in Italian and Slovakian, concerns a small abandoned village, up in the alps, near the Italian Slovakian border. A ranger is tracking wild boar, and during a rain storm, forges a small stream in his van, and arrives at the haunted village. Meanwhile, after a day or two, Italian rescue workers go to the woods to find him. At the village, he sort of snoops around, gets rained on constantly, hears noises, investigates, gets drunk, sleeps, has visions, and builds traps, to catch the apex predator who was attacking and killing the wild boars. The B story, is a slovakian man who was born in that village, contacts authorities to reveal to them the shocking truth about why the village was abandoned 70 years ago.
Obviously this is an independent, art house type horror film. Almost nothing is spoken between people, during the film. Mostly its ominous sound effects, eerie ambient score, and very deep bass drones, all meant to produce a feeling of uneasiness in people watching the film. Since there is very little plot (Man gets lost. Man discovers horror secret. Rescuers search for the man. Horror ensues for all involved.) there is very little to say about the pacing. Its glacial. I suppose you feel for the main character, although we know nothing about him. Nobody has names. The old man born in the village, has a wife. That's it. This movie is about a place, and about people trapped in that place. So the REAL STAR of the movie, is this old abandoned stone village, up in the alps. The whole film, is that village. So if you're in the mood for an ambient horror film, which just builds from mudane, to unsettling, to eerie, to scary over the course of 90 minutes, you should avoid this film. However, if ambient horror is something you find inviting, then ACROSS THE RIVER is worth the time.