Initially I had mixed feelings about this. Yet, as it progresses its cumulative effect is exponential with great character development and apt vignettes on India's culture. It may flirt dangerously with a tourist's gaze, yet the exuberant color generates some amazing, painterly like frames, and underlines superb sequences (e.g. the midday nap). The flux of life is India's legacy in this curious, yet dazzling film.
The River as the flow of creativity, of life. The gate into the outer world of adulthood, acceptance of the injustices and lackings in life. A coming of age story for all characters involved, each with their own conflictions. A beautiful rounded portrait of each character; a drama of staging, colors, words, and setting.
Gift. The accurate framing, amazing shadow, lights.. the sense of moments. In life, moments never come again, but in cinema, especially this, they can. Though it's far. My most favourite directors mentioned about this. Marguerite Duras and Keisuke Kinoshita. I loved these films disconnectedly,but unexpectedly connected. This never ending ,international,boundless stream of cinema, I like that. Such an abundant source.
Coming-of-age drama about three British girls that are fascinated with a with an older American soldier. While it is clearly a story told by a person with a romantic view on Indian culture and it's people it looks excellent and there is not really anything bad to say about it even if it is clearly a one-sided romantic love letter to India.
i can't ignore Renoir's appreciation for humanity as a whole and life's circularity with this beautiful technicolor feature. Love portrayed by three women on the brink of fully growing up and realizing life has its strengths, regrets, loves and most importantly, it is one with nature and the cosmos. Mesmerizing!
It has been said that THE RIVER is Martin Scorsese's favorite movie. This is the first time I watched a movie from director Jean Renoir. It's a story about a woman who recalled her past in India. THE RIVER has a simple storytelling. It seems Mr. Renoir just let the story flow like a river. THE RIVER is a good example of how to use a proper Technicolor. The cinematography is gorgeous. Maybe I should watch it again...
Overall I enjoyed it, but I often found myself bored as well. Visually the Indian setting is often beautiful. The elements of Hinduism in the film are also very interesting, in terms of the ceremonies, rites, beliefs and which are depicted as part of life around the Ganges, as well as a general philosophical undercurrent in the film. But other parts, namely the aspects of romantic drama, I just found quite dull.
i think i would've liked this better if it focused more on native people and less on the rich white colonists..... plus the acting was atrocious and everyone seemed like they would rather straight up die than deliver their lines. also, pretty unbelievable that every female character was smitten with Captain Buttered Toast
A l'image de la fascinante fête de la lumière (diwali) qui s'inscrit dans une magnifique séquence du film, cette oeuvre de Jean Renoir, sereine et majestueuse, resplendit d'aisance et de naturel, loin d'un pesant et malvenu folklore touristique. Une réalisation qui à travers la luxuriance des décors et la profonde aménité des personnages, se présente comme une véritable leçon de vie et d'harmonie. www.cinefiches.com
I am a huge fan of Martin Scorsese and I heard that this was one of his favorite films. So I obviously sought it out and watched it immediately and I loved it! This is an absolutely gorgeous looking film. I loved Renoir's use of color, the film just looks so rich and exuberant! I really enjoyed seeing the culture of India and it's people. This film is a classic film and everyone should see it!
I watched 'Summertime' and 'The River' as a double feature, so I feel inclined to rate them comparatively...the films were produced within four years of each other, 1951 -'The River'- and 1955- 'Summertime'. Both are generally focused on people outside of their native lands, the latter directed by an Englishman, about an American woman visiting Europe for the first time, whereas Renoir, the Frenchman, showcased...↓
a film beyond rebuke - an unapologetic inspection of the loss of innocence and its seeming lack of indelible marking upon the world. the river keeps flowing regardless of tragedy, regardless of individual change. achingly beautiful, the impermanence coupled with a universe of cyclical movement.