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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 »
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Cast

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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 »
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Anachronisms: The film is set in July 2005, however an advertisement for the ps3 video game "Haze" (released in May 2008) can be seen on a bus.See more »
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Breaking the barriers, 13 July 2015
Author: Prismark10 from United Kingdom

The tenth anniversary of the 7 July bombings has led to a flurry of programming including the somewhat disappointing and emotionally manipulative A Song for Jenny shown on BBC television.

Rachid Bouchareb who made the award winning Days of Glory has made this curious low budget film just a few years after the atrocities which is a mixture of English, French and Arabic.

Elisabeth (Brenda Blethyn) is a hard working farmer in Guernsey. After the July bombings she tries to contact her daughter who lives in London but she does not return her calls. Worried she makes her way to London and finds out that she is living in a flat in a predominantly Arab area.

Ousmane (Sotigui Kouyate) is an African Muslim working in a forest in France. He has come to London to look for his son who his family back in Africa cannot contact. Ousmane knows little about his son had he had to leave his family behind to work in France. At one point we discover that he believes that his son might had been one of the perpetrators of the London bombings.

Ousmane sees a photo of Elisabeth's daughter and realises that he has a picture of her and his son together and contacts her. Elisabeth is wary and distrustful of Ousmane and calls the police. It looks like the son and daughter were living together and her daughter was also learning Arabic. Elisabeth could not understand why she would be learning Arabic,hanging with a black African boy and living in a French-Arab area of London. Its all confusing to her.

Eventually Elisabeth realises that they are both on the same quest and team up together to look for their respective children. It seems that there is hope that their children are alive and went abroad on the day of the bombings.

Sotigui Kouyate gives Ousmane a quiet dignity, the actor was frail when he made the film but looks imposing with his big presence and dreadlocks. Brenda Blethyn specialises in playing frumps these days and here she very much hits the mark as someone who has grown in an environment a world away from multiculturalism of London.

When she comes to London she is confused especially as she tries to fathom how her daughter ended up in such an alien environment and felt comfortable with it.

The fact she comes from Guernsey helps get over the language barrier as she can communicate with Ousmane in French. Francis Magee plays a police inspector who speaks French in a bizarre Irish/Manx accent.

You always suspect that the film will inflict a sucker punch to the duo. Its just a shame that it took place in such a poor setting of some basement corridor full of pipes that was supposedly a police station.

Its a slow burning and thoughtful piece of two people looking for a glimmer of amongst despair and then dealing with their despair. Its simple premise is a big plus as you get pulled in with their search for their loved ones.

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