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Directed by Jean Renoir

France, India 1951 99 mins.

Renoir’s film, late in his filmmaking career, sees the master working in color for the first time. The story follows a well-to-do British family living on the banks of the Ganges River. Teenager Harriet (Patricia Walters) and her sisters are brought up in an environment that melds the philosophies of East and West in equal measure. When a British military captain (Thomas Breen) moves in with his cousin next door, Harriet and her sisters are all smitten. As the captain’s attentions move elsewhere, Harriet is forced to take extreme measures. A beautifully photographed and deeply felt examination of coming of age in a colonial environment, The River portrays a world in which there is no perceptible way out of one’s immediate troubles.