The River
The River (1959)

Three teenage girls are living in Bengali (India) near a big river: Harriet is the oldest child of a big family of English settlers. Valerie is the unique daughter of an American industrialist. Melanie has an American father and an Indian… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Jean Renoir's 1951 masterpiece, his first film in color.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Renoir fashioned what might be his sweetest movie about family and one of the post-war years' most serene cinematic statements.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's a beautifully observed rite-of-passage and culture-clash story.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Withal, the illustrations of the country are beautiful beyond words-the serenity of the river, the power of boatmen sweeping its stream, the bazaars full of color and movement, [and] the dazzling brilliance of festivals.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

a delicate tapestry of images that evoke a different way of life, of thinking, and of relating to the world

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Gloriously photographed and providing perceptive insights into contrasting cultures, this melodrama flows with the majesty of the Ganges. But its attitudes to race and gender now sit as uncomfortably as some of the performances.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

As beautiful as it is moving.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sumptuous visual treat.

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Sight and Sound

Here India seemed to be portrayed as if in a 1950s travelogue.

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Ken Stachnik
Martin Scorcese considers this and Michael Powell's Red Shoes to be the most beautifully photographed Technicolor films in history. It's hard to… More
Doctor Strangeblog
This was not the man vs. nature struggle I was rather expecting from the title, in fact this was directed by Jean Renoir and is a coming-of-age tale centered… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The River", directed by Jean Renoir, takes place in India and concerns itself mostly with a British family living there. The… More
Tom S.
The shots of the family sleeping in the afternoon are my favorite part. And the Indian boy crying at the funeral.
MJS MJS
Jean Renoir is one of my favorite filmmakers, I especially love the films The Rules of the Game and Grand Illusion, both excellent looks class and war… More