The River
Directed by Jean Renoir, France/India 1951
99 mins. Bengali dialogue with English sub-titles
In West Bengal, both Harriet, the daughter of a jute mill owner, and her best friend, Valerie, become captivated by dashing visitor Captain John, who ignores them for sultry Melanie. However, all find that their lives are shaken up after Harriet's brother is involved in a tragedy.  The future Indian film maker Satyajit Ray, then working in advertising, met Renoir while The River was in production and the two men became friends.
What the Critics say:
"Renoir's location work in India and his semi-documentary excursions look great, juxtaposed as they are with his bold fantasy sequences evoking India's spiritual life."  (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)