London River
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London 2005--It's the story of Ousmane and Mrs Sommers, both humble people living ordinary lives, he in France, she in the Channel Islands. He has a son - she has a daughter - they both are students in London. On July 7th 2005, without any news of their dear children, they decide to start a journey together in search of the two teenagers. And although they come from different religious backgrounds - Ousmane is Muslim and Mrs Sommers' Christian - they will share the same hope in finding their children alive. Putting aside their cultural differences, they will give each other the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"The film is a matter of Brenda Blethyn's performance vs. Sotigui Kouyate's presence."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
""London River'' features on-target acting by its two leads, but they receive scant support from the wobbly plot."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Though the arc of the story is fairly predictable, Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyate bring humanity to their roles."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"Not surprisingly, the choice of the actress who played lead female character in Mike Leigh's "Secrets and Lies" betrays an affinity for Leigh in more than just the casting--and there's nothing wrong with that."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Bouchareb's greatest accomplishment is successfully tackling class, grief and Islamophobia."
‑ Clay Cane,
"It would be nice to say that Bouchareb, who also wrote and directed "Days of Glory" and "Outside the Law," succeeds. He does not entirely. But he doesn't fail, either."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Demonstrates how great acting can infuse a banal, politically correct drama with dollops of emotional truth."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"There isn't a whole lot of nuance in writer-director Rachid Bouchareb's unapologetically political story. But Blethyn's performance ultimately draws viewers in."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"[T]wo strangers surprisingly find that horror makes the globalization of terror very personal [with] Blethyn's convincing performance [as] a desperate mother."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"Although the film occasionally cuts away to contextualized clips from news reports, it keeps its focus small-scale, filtering the world historical through the intimately personal."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"Blethyn and Kouyaté inhabit and expand the film's earnestly instructive intentions, leaving us with a deeply-felt experience rather than a naively-sketched lesson."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"There's such a graceful sense of restraint in how this real-life tragedy is treated, one that filters any potential for ripped-from-yesterday's-headlines sensationalism through a respectful requiem of loss and grief."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Powerful. Director Rachid Bouchareb draws excellent, haunting performances from Blethyn and Kouyate. Ultimately moving and cautionary, "London River" shouldn't be missed."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"An engaging morality play about the quest of an English woman and an African Muslim to find their children after the 2005 terrorist attack in London."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The film's message about these worried individuals and the larger family of all humanity is a bit obvious at times, but the performances keep you watching."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
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