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London River -- 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 Kouyaté), who is also looking for his son.  Though they come from very different backgrounds both share the same hope of finding their children alive.
London River -- Two strangers come to discover the fate of their respective children in the 2005 terrorist attacks on London.


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29 April 2009 (Belgium) See more »
Two strangers come to discover the fate of their respective children in the 2005 terrorist attacks on London. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Brenda Blethyn ... Elisabeth
Sotigui Kouyaté ... Ousmane

Sami Bouajila ... Imam

Roschdy Zem ... Le Boucher

Francis Magee ... Inspecteur anglais

Bernard Blancan ... Ouvrier Forestier

Marc Baylis ... Edward (as Marc Bayliss)
Gareth Randall ... Pasteur
Aurélie Eltvedt ... Guide Chapelle
Mathieu Schiffman ... Inspecteur anglais
Diveen Henry ... Policiére anglaise
Salah Mohamed-Marich ... Locataire appartement (as Salah Mohamed-Mariche)
Gurdepak Chaggar ... Agent de Voyage
Faycal Sekkoum ... Homme avec portable
Sherekia Barton ... Coiffeuse
Elisabeth Clark ... Infirmière anglaise
Vidya Fellon Sreenivasan ... Enseignante mosquée

Directed by
Rachid Bouchareb 
Writing credits
Rachid Bouchareb (screenplay) and
Olivier Lorelle (screenplay) with the collaboration of &
Zoé Galeron (screenplay) with the collaboration of

Produced by
Rachid Bouchareb .... producer
Jean Bréhat .... producer
Matthieu de Braconier .... co-producer
Bertrand Faivre .... co-producer
Victoria Goodall .... line producer: UK
Muriel Merlin .... associate producer
Original Music by
Armand Amar 
Cinematography by
Jérôme Alméras 
Film Editing by
Yannick Kergoat 
Casting by
Julien Grossi 
Production Design by
Jean-Marc Tran 
Art Direction by
Jean-Marc Tran Tan Ba 
Production Management
Farah Abushwesha .... production manager: UK
Claire Bodechon .... production manager
Cedric Ettouati .... post-production supervisor
Mélanie Pienne .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marie Levent .... second assistant director
Mick Pantaleo .... first assistant director
Mathieu Schiffman .... first assistant director
Art Department
Anne Cadiou .... assistant art director
Alex Giles .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Nicolas Gilou .... boom operator
Philippe Lecoeur .... sound recordist
Vincent Milner .... foley artist
Franck Rubio .... sound editor
Franck Rubio .... sound mixer
Franck Rubio .... sound re-recording mixer
Olivier Walczak .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Karine Arlot .... second assistant camera
Roger Arpajou .... still photographer
Simon Blanchard .... first assistant camera
Xavier Cholet .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karine Serrano .... costumes
Editorial Department
Ornella Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Sophia Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Frederic Jupin .... digital conformation
Manuel Pinto .... assistant editor
Music Department
Camille Adrien .... conductor
Camille Adrien .... orchestrator
Sylvain Morizet .... orchestrator
Emilie Ruby .... music editor
Other crew
Guillaume Bauer .... title designer
Lucie Bourzam .... production accountant
Valentina Brazzini .... production coordinator: UK
Chris Keys .... location manager
Emma Murphy .... head of production

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88 min | Argentina:87 min (Pantalla Pinamar Festival)
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The film received a one-week run release in Los Angeles starting 13 November 2009 in order to qualify for the Academy Awards. However it wasn't released in New York until 7 December 2011.See more »
Miscellaneous: Although the film is set in July 2005, it was clearly filmed during the autumn/winter months, as evidenced by the characters' clothing and overcast skies.See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Commendable drama, 21 October 2010
Author: davideo-2 from United Kingdom

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Elisabeth (Brenda Blethyn) lives a reclusive life on the shores of Guernsey, until her life is torn apart when she learns of the July 7th terror attacks in London, where her daughter lives. Meanwhile, Ousmane (Sotigui Kouyate) is a black Muslim immigrant from France who has also come to London to look for his son, who he has not seen from birth. When he discovers a photo and some contact details, he gets in touch with Elisabeth and they embark on a soul shattering quest to find their flesh and blood that takes them on a journey of discovery and hope, to the gravest depths of despair.

In the extras section of the DVD, even Blethyn herself comments on doubts she had about accepting the script for London River, on account of how close it was to the attacks and the official enquiry etc. not coming out. But it's good that she pushed her doubts aside, because her performance is one of the more compelling things about this old fashioned feeling drama, tending to headlines from very recently. With the feel of some TV drama from the early 90s, director Rachid Bouchareb has laced his daring and challenging drama with some personal touches here and there that give it a neat feel of it's own. The execution never hits with it's maximum impact, and it's over too quickly to really make it shine. But the subtle, under-stated performances from the two lead actors and it's realistic feel of a tragedy and the cruelty of life unfolding lift it well above average. ***

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