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The River (1951)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  19 December 1951 (France)
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Three adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn their lessons in life after falling for an older American soldier.

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Complete credited cast:
Nora Swinburne ...
The Mother
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The Father
Arthur Shields ...
Mr. John
Suprova Mukerjee ...
Nan
Thomas E. Breen ...
Capt. John
Patricia Walters ...
Harriet
Radha ...
Melanie
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Valerie
June Hillman ...
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Three teenage girls are living in Bengal (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 mother. One day, a man arrives. He will be the first love of the three girls. Written by Yepok

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This film was instrumental in launching the careers of Satyajit Ray - an assistant on the film - and Subrata Mitra, who went on to become Ray's cinematographer. See more »

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Harriet: Ten minutes ago, she wasn't born. And, tomorrow, we'll be used to her. And yesterday, we...
Valerie: Bother yesterday.
Melanie: This is today.
Harriet: And today. Here is the baby. The baby and us. The big river. The whole world and everything.
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Just life
15 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those rare films which give you the impression after viewing it that you have truly lived and shared the lives of its characters (not just 'two people received that kiss', as they say in the film, but everyone who's watching the movie).

You became part of that river as the film progresses, it is perhaps the picture which has described the passage of time better than any other. It is life, running within its waters, that catches your soul, which melts with the river and the film and your memory...

I think it is the only movie that made me run to a bookstore to buy the book it was based on. Rumer Godden's work is beautiful indeed, but the film is far better for me.

Highly recommended!


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