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.
Elisabeth lives in the lush countryside by the river on a small farm, and spends her days active with her animals and 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.
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 has promised his wife that he will find and return him to his family in Africa.
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? AND Could it be possible to not find their children alive?
This is a very human story. It explores more of the emotions and the depth of feeling in the characters of Elisabeth and Ousmane through this horrid situation. The director digs deep with Brenda Blethyn to bring out a range of pure gut-wrenching pain and happiness. She is spectacular in this movie as is Sotigui Kouyate in his own quietly expressive way.
Be ready to run the 'gamut' in this scenic and overtly emotional movie.