Connie Corcoran has dedicated his life to the mighty Blackwater River and, over the years, its currents have shaped him. He is one of Ireland’s great salmon fishing guides, but if the salmon stocks continue to decline, he may be one of its last. The River Man is a fated love story.
The River Man, fishing the memories of a river
The old age has found Connie Corcoran at the best time of his life. Having been a tireless fisherman since adolescence, the anecdotes of those adventures are now grateful reminiscences of a memory that remains alive. In the present, Corcoran is the fishing guide and main guardian of the tributary where its career in the waters began: the Blackwater River, in the south of Ireland.
Director Richard Gorodecky contemplates the peaceful and natural life around Corcoran´s home in a series of still shots that capture his quotidian routine as he elaborates an harmonious relationship with the river that has always accompanied him and whose ecosystem could be threatened by the indiscriminate salmon fishing.