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956 Ratings

The River

Directed by Jean Renoir
France, 1951
Drama, Romance


Director Jean Renoir’s entrancing first color feature—shot entirely on location in India—is a visual tour de force. Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, the film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the holy Bengal River.

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The River Directed by Jean Renoir

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1951 | Winner: International Award

Berlin International Film Festival


BFI London Film Festival


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