London River details
|Starring:||Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyaté, Lesley Manville, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila|
|Directors:||Rachid Bouchareb, Rachid Bouchareb|
|Run time:||1 hour 27 minutes|
|Rental release:||11 Oct 2010|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyate deliver emotional performances as parents searching for their missing children after the 7/7 bombings.
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A gentle moving reminderBy a customer from London , 25 Jul 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]The high rating is really due to the two main actors whose acting is subtle and brilliant, and really gives this film its power and believability. They play parents from very different cultures and beliefs, who separately come to London to find their children who have been missing since the day of the 7/7/2005 bombings. Filmed in and around (mostly) North London, the film is a realistic insight of what it may have been like for some of those who were directly affected by the bombings. Although this film wasn't universally liked, and definitely isn't for everyone, for me personally, especially as a Londoner, I thought it was a fitting tribute.
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Watch and understandBy a customer from Isle of Skye, Scotland , 05 Apr 2011This is a stunningly honest and instructive investigation of the conflicting emotions, suspicions and aspirations of cultural opposites, superbly played the two leads. Ultimately this film puts faith in humanity prevailing over our preconceptions and prejudices around guilt by association. You could call it an intelligent, feel-good film about the consequences of terrorism.
And what a joy to see the truly versatile Brenda Blethyn cast outside of type. (Although are there any French-speaking Channel islanders left?)
Not worth watchingBy touzac15 (10 reviews) from trowvbridge , 02 Apr 2011This seemed to be a low budgetmovie.For starters Condor ferries run from Guernsey to the UK so to shoot a tiny red catamaran taking Brenda to the Uk was a big mistake ,The scene of an ethnic street in London was unconvincing-it was not busy enough ,and Brenda B's acting was far too OTT and whingey .Even the spoken french seemed unconvincing .The storyline ended abruptly and was very disappointing.I usually enjoy French made films but this time they got it wrong to think of a drama based on those affected by 7/7 ,may have seemed like a good idea but it was a totally depressing movie.It would have been better especially for those afected by 7/7 to have continued the storyline to show that there is hope after such a tradegy rather than end it abruptly.
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LONDON RIVERBy SOYABEAN (9 reviews) from SIDCUP , 21 Feb 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideA very emotional heart rendng film about two complete strangers searching for their missing children caught in the London bombings. The acting from the two main stars is incredible. I recommend this film. it makes one realise how horrendous it was for everyone caught up in the bombings.
Good MovieBy a customer from London , 21 Feb 2011I liked this movie because it makes you think about all the people that were affected by the 7/07 tragedy. It also portrays the ignorance some people still have about certain members of the community. I really thought the acting was superb by the two leading characters. Despite being quite sad I enjoyed this movie.
Subtle and affectingBy a customer from London , 19 Feb 2011Having seen Bouchareb's Days of Glory twice (a very fine film), I was keen to see London River, which although perhaps less obviously involving at first, is good, and is also a moving film. There is less action in London River - here the 'action' has taken place offstage, and the two protagonists are responding to it as best they know how - with confusion, fragility, suspicion, anger, acceptance, and eventually shared support. Brenda Blethyn's considerable acting skills are much in evidence here; a new pleasure was the restrained, dignified, graceful and expressive performance of the now late Malian actor Sotigui Kouyate, who died almost exactly a year after London River was released.
If you want to see a film with more obvious action and plot, London River won't be for you, but if you appreciate a human story, and a sensitive look at two people separated by culture yet united by a search and their own worries, you should enjoy it. Some of the police interactions seem rather unlikely, but overlook that; and enjoy it for its moving, honest and enquiring human portrait. The film also has its funny moments, so it's certainly not grim.