When I told people the full title of the film I was going to see, Keep the River On Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale, they laughed in my face. Nevertheless, a weekday showing of this film, presented by the San Francisco International Film Festival, was sold out and the screening ended with a standing ovation.

The title of this documentary, unquestionably, calls for sensation, for the film is based on its main character's singular cannibalistic experience. But the reality is a bit more down-to-earth, as the filmmakers -- brother and sister David and Laurie Gwen Shapiro -- depict a man and the way he found his place in life within a context of much more complex and sensitive issues.

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