The river has always been a potent image for Renoir, but in this critically acclaimed and award-winning film, the river becomes a mystical symbol for the mystery and magic of India. The River, a moving celebration of life and love adapted from the novel by Rumer Godden, follows three girls in postwar India as they wander down the path of first love.
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Jean Renoir's beautiful 1951 film (based on Rumer Godden's novel) about an English family's life in Bengal is a deeply moving experience. Told from the point of view of an adolescent girl who falls in love, experiences a tragic loss, and sees the cycle of existence played out against a mystic portrait of India, the film takes Renoir's natural humanity to an even greater level. Shot by the director's nephew, Claude Renoir (Jean was the son of painter Auguste Renoir), The River is as magnificent to look at as to feel in one's heart. --Tom Keogh
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