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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Cinema Libre
  • Release Date: March 6 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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London River


As moving an acting partnership as you'll see all year. -- Tim Robey, THE TELEGRAPH

Blethyn offers her strongest lead performance since Secrets And Lies. -- Jonathan Romney, SCREENDAILY.COM --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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A thoroughly engaging film, and Blethyn is outstanding as a mother whose daughter is missing after the 2005 London bombings. In a brief interview posted on You Tube, she asserts that this (pre-Vera) film is her best work. I suspect that if you like her performances as Vera Stanhope, you'll also enjoy London River. I was taken, as well, by the performance of her co-star, Malian actor Sotigui Kouyate. Sub-titles, as the dialogue between the 2 leads is in French.
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Very good , and shows in adversity people of different faiths and countries can pull together in one cause.
Would recommend.
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My partner and I decided to share this film with a group of people who meet once a month as a Film Appreciation Club. London River brings two people together who meet under terrible circumstances and learn how, despite their obvious differences, a single event has shown them how very alike they are. Their relationship grows from alienation, fear and distrust, into respect, comfort and friendship.
It's a simple story with a powerful tale to tell.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9afd757c) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b0924bc) out of 5 stars Two well apart worlds united by a common destiny! Sept. 15 2011
By Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela - Published on
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b0d64bc) out of 5 stars Allow These Two Lonely Travelers To Fill Your Heart... March 12 2012
By Sheryl Fechter - Published on
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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?

This is a very human story which is very slow paced, happily so for me. It gave time to really drink in the deep emotions that come to the surface and the blending of two completely opposite people as far as religious beliefs. Exploring more of the pain 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 to happiness and everything in between. She is just spectacular in this movie, as is Sotigui Kouyate in his own quiet expressive way.

Be ready to run the 'gamut' in this scenic and overtly emotional movie.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9afd4648) out of 5 stars Triumph of humanity March 10 2012
By Quaid Saifee - Published on
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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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9afd4660) out of 5 stars London in the new world June 26 2014
By Ovid Thompson - Published on
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A thought-provoking movie that will leave you unnerved and perhaps mystified with its conclusion. Two gentle people with disparate backgrounds seek the whereabouts of their respective children unheard from since the terrorist bombings in London. The bombing, horrific in its nature, joins two parents in the search for their missing children, two parents whose paths would not have crossed otherwise. They learn there is enough similarity in their human responses to the disappearance of their children to overcome their differences in virtually every other respect. As news of their search becomes hopeful then grim the range of emotions is brilliantly portrayed by Brenda Blethyn. The final scene shows anger and resentment perhaps a little puzzling given their gentle nature as both parents move to a new reality of the world.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9af8ba68) out of 5 stars London Missing July 21 2012
By Annieq66 - Published on
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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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