Jean Renoir’s visually beautiful, almost documentary-like drama about an English family living in Bengal towards the end of the Raj.
Dir Jean Renoir
With Patricia Walters, Radha, Adrienne Corri, Esmond Knight
Adapted by Renoir and Rumer Godden from the latter’s novel, The River centres on an English family living in Bengal towards the end of the Raj. A remembrance of a teenage girl’s first love, it’s unusually uneventful – the tone is often documentary-like in depicting the world around her – yet its celebration of family and friendship and becalmed acceptance of life’s vicissitudes are deeply affecting.