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The River (1951)

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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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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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bengal | american | india | love | river | See more »

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19 December 1951 (France)  »

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Trivia

The newspaper one of the characters is reading features an article (i.e. a photo) of Sri Aurobindo, a spiritual teacher from India who died in 1950. See more »

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The position of Captain John's hand changes when he is on the ground (at around 59 mins). See more »

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Valerie: This... being together... in the garden. All of us happy, and you with us here, I didn't want it to change... and it's changed. I didn't want it to end... and it's gone. It was like something in a dream. Now you've made it real. I didn't want to be real.
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A unique achievement
26 February 2001 | by (León, Spain) – See all my reviews

There is something special about this movie. In fact, to say there is something special does not tell much, and it could be equally applied to hundreds of films which are much less special than this. So let's start again. I had never seen a film like "The River" before. Thanks to the Spanish TV program "Qué grande es el cine" I discovered this piece of Art created by a major artist: Renoir. Some of my other favourite movies are similar in some aspects to others. And so, "North by Northwest" resembles other thrillers with Cary Grant; "A Touch of Evil" is a moral fable and also a nightmare which reminds a bit of "The Night of the Hunter", and so on. But "The River" reminds me of nothing I have seen on a screen. It has to do with ethics and with life. It has to do with balance, with understanding human nature. I think this film has everything which can be told in a film. Absolutely everything. I believe this film reflects an attitude towards life and towards art. So I got it finally! This film is if anything an attitude. Once you have seen, you feel better, you know more about life, your perspective has changed. It is a ray of light. I should be compulsory in High School and everywhere.


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