London River 2012 NR

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(9) IMDb 6.9/10
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LONDON RIVER follows Elizabeth (Brenda Blethyn) as she travels to London in the immediate aftermath of the July 7th, 2005 bombings after failing to hear from her daughter. Her fear and prejudice escalate when she discovers her daughter was converting to Islam as she keeps crossing paths with Ousmane (Sotigui Kouyat), who is also looking for his son. Though they come from very different backgrounds both share the same hope of finding their children alive.

Starring:
Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyate
Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

London River

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Product Details

Genres Mystery, Drama
Director Rachid Bouchareb
Starring Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyate
Supporting actors Francis Magee, Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem, Marc Baylis, Bernard Blancan, Gareth Randall, Aurlie Eltvedt, Diveen Henry, Salah Mohamed-Marich, Gurdepak Chaggar, Faycal Sekkoum, Sherekia Barton, Elisabeth Clark, Vidya Fellon Sreenivasan, Mathieu Schiffman
Studio Cinema Libre
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Both lead actors playing the parents were superb.
Patricia Bates
Both parents are unknowingly inextricably linked by the traps of destiny and will face more call the tragedy of racial prejudice or religious beliefs.
Hiram Gomez Pardo
The director digs deep with Brenda Blethyn to bring out a range of pure gut-wrenching pain to happiness and everything in between.
Sheryl Fechter

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on September 15, 2011
Format: DVD
After the crude aftermath of 07/07/05 in London, Elzabeth (Brenda Bleythin)who works as farmer in Guernsey, devout Christian decides to go London after failing to hear from her daughter. On the other hand Ousmane (Sotigui Kouyate) is a West African Muslim who has come from France to find his missing son.

Both parents are unknowingly inextricably linked by the traps of destiny and will face more call the tragedy of racial prejudice or religious beliefs.

A concise and memorable film, where nothing is reiterative, which had a flawless script, masterful performances and superb direction both behind the scenes of Bouhareb Rachid.

A bold, stark and bleak movie that takes a tiny portion of this collective tragedy that rocked the city of London in that fateful year.

You can not ignore one of the thirty best films of this decade for the world. I recommend it widely.

P.D. This film deserved to Sotigui Konyaté the Silver Bear Prize as Best Actor 2009. And at the same time, was his last film, due he passed away in 2010.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Fechter on March 12, 2012
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Directed by Rachid Bouchareb, this movie is set in England during and following the bus bombings of July seventh, 2005. A long widowed mother, Elisabeth (Brenda Blethyn) has been watching the happenings on her television during the day, leaving messages for her daughter, Jane, to call her back. Where is her daughter who is prompt in returning calls?

Elisabeth lives in the lush countryside by the river on a small farm. She spends her days doing many different things with tending to her animals and with her church activity. She frequents the cemetery where her husband, William, has been laid to rest after his service in the war. She talks to him as if they were carrying on a conversation and also sees her brother Edward at the farm. Hers is a simple but fulfilling life.

A lone man, Ousmane (Sotigui Kouyate), has traveled from Africa fifteen years prior, now residing in France although has journeyed to London. He has come to look for his son Ali, after the bombing has caused him to go missing. Ousmane had promised his wife that he will find and return him to his family in Africa. Ousmane and his wife live separate lives, although their son is first priority.

Elisabeth becomes more and more desperate while waiting for the phone to ring with Jane safely on the line, although no call comes for her. The next morning she quickly goes into London to her daughter's flat. Jane is not there and hasn't been since the day before. Elisabeth starts the necessary steps to search for her daughter while during this time Ousmane is doing the same for his son Ali.

The movie poses: How in the world does this unlikely pair meet to search for their children? What do they find alike in each other? Along with, Could it be possible to not find their children alive?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dana Smith on October 6, 2012
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This a wonderful and touching movie and Brenda Blethyn is the reason! Although a difficult and painful story to watch, it is filled with emotion, warmth and love. Truly a must see!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annieq66 on July 21, 2012
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This is a suspenseful story that moves @ a snail's pace. There are plenty of misunderstandings, stereotypes & mistrust to get through. You really must understand British ladies of a certain age to figure out why she seems to be so obtuse.
This movie makes you think...a lot. Well written & acted, just slow on the uptake-keep with it, you'll be rewarded in the end.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Quaid J. Saifee on March 10, 2012
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Great performances by Brenda Bleythin and late Sotigui Konyaté.

A beautiful depiction of a father and a mother, trying to understand the world their kids live(d) in, in horrible circumstances.

Bigger message is that with lots of things trying to tear us apart, our humanity keeps us together. In fact we don't have a choice but to understand each other and live together.

Ask your library to get a copy for you!
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