‘‘It left us totally sad and after River’s death. I nearly said I don’t want to make movies anymore,’’ Sluizer lamented.
He dismisses any notion that the film is exploiting River’s death.
Sluizer said he spoke with Phoenix’s mother, Arlynn ‘‘Heart’’ Phoenix, and invited her and other family members to attend the Berlin premiere last month where the film received a standing ovation.
‘‘She said, ‘Well, good luck with the movie but we are not participating’,’’ saying the family felt the movie was finished, Sluizer said.
R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, who stayed with Phoenix for a few days while he was filming in Utah, also attended the Berlin premiere.
‘‘It’s a piece of work that belongs not just to River but all of us in the film and it was right that (Sluizer) completed it in the way that he did,’’ Pryce said.
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