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London River -- Two strangers come to discover the fate of their respective children in the 2005 terrorist attacks on London.

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Director:
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Rachid Bouchareb (screenplay)
Olivier Lorelle (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 April 2009 (Belgium) See more »
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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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4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Thoughtful...and respectful, See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Brenda Blethyn ... Elisabeth
Sotigui Kouyaté ... Ousmane

Francis Magee ... Inspecteur anglais

Sami Bouajila ... Imam

Roschdy Zem ... Le Boucher

Marc Baylis ... Edward

Bernard Blancan ... Ouvrier forestier
Gareth Randall ... Psteur
Aurélie Eltvedt ... Guide chapelle
Diveen Henry ... Policiére anglaise
Salah Mohamed-Marich ... Locataire appartement
Gurdepak Chaggar ... Agent de Voyage
Faycal Sekkoum ... Homme avec portable
Sherekia Barton ... Coffeuse
Elisabeth Clark ... Infirmière anglaise
Vidya Fellon Sreenivasan ... Enseignante mosquée
Mathieu Schiffman ... Inspecteur anglais

Directed by
Rachid Bouchareb 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rachid Bouchareb  screenplay
Zoé Galeron  screenplay
Olivier Lorelle  screenplay

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
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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Trivia:
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 »
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Anachronisms: Although the film is set in July 2005, one of the police cars has a number plate not issued until late 2007.See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Thoughtful...and respectful,, 5 August 2012
Author: Tim Kidner (tim@kidnerpix.com) from Salisbury, United Kingdom

London River is a quietly powerful and thought-provoking drama surrounding the aftermath of the London 7-7-2005 bombings.

Brenda Blethyn, ever-watchable, is entirely believable as the distraught mother who cannot trace her daughter, when she sees news footage of the devastation, from her Guernsey home. On the other side of the coin is elderly, black and dread-locked Sotigui Kouyate, trying to contact his son, whom he walked out on when the boy was six, then having been working in France since.

Both end up searching in London, Blethyn doing the rounds of missing person posters and showing photos to everybody she can, in the hope of any piece of news. The paths of these two unlikely kindred spirits cross when it transpires that their two children may have been living together and taking Arabic classes, through their local mosque.

As you can imagine, there's quite a lot of cross-cultural clashes here, not just the black boy, white girl aspect, but also the Muslim element and the thorny issue, particularly at the time when the film is set; terrorism. Could they have been involved, too? The mother knows her daughter and knows she couldn't have been, but the same could not be said about the father...more food for thought.

There's good solid acting from both - Blethyn typically more blubbery and emotional whilst Kouyate, as the sort of wise old sage, takes things more pragmatically and thoughtfully. It's a strange mix if you were to walk in on the film half-way through; follow it from the start and it seems quite natural.

There's been comment that it's contrived in that Blethyn is suddenly able to speak the native French of Kouyate - I don't find that hard to believe at all, not only is she citizen of Guernsey, where French is their official other language but is also physically much closer to France than the U.K. Also, in the day that a woman of her age was educated, she (& myself) learnt a type of 'schoolboy' French - I could understand much of what was being said from my failed 'O' Level, back 30 years ago.

So, a good drama, for what it is. It certainly won't appeal to all, both in subject matter, nor in its slow-ish, measured pace. But for those who enjoy something a bit different, something that shines a new light, perhaps, on a recent piece of our history, plus the acting, then London River has a lot going for it. I viewed it on BBC1.

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