The River

Der Strom
This story from India recounts the lives and customs of people living along the banks of the Ganges. An English family with six children lives there. The oldest daughter, Harriet, has two close girlfriends: Valerie and Melanie. Valerie's father owns a jute factory. Melanie is the daughter of a neighbour who is visited by an American cousin whose leg was amputated during the war. The three girls succumb to the American's charm. During his stay there, love and happiness, jealousy and death come to the people by the river.

Translated from: Treffpunkt Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 1952. Das offizielle Festprogramm, Nr. 3

Restored by The Academy Film Archive in cooperation with The British Film Institute and Janus Films. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive, Los Angeles.
by Jean Renoir
with Patricia Walters, Radha, Adrienne Corri, Thomas E. Breen
India / USA 1949-51 99’ recommendation: 12 years and up