London River

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Elisabeth (Blethyn) is a middle-aged mother living on an island in the English Channel; Ousmane (Kouyat) is an African immigrant who resides in France. Both end up traveling to London to find their respective missing children in the aftermath of the July 7, 2005 terrorist attacks, checking every hospital ward and following every lead. They soon find out that their searches are intertwined. It's a credit to both the actors and Franco-Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb (Days of Glory) that the film never dives headfirst into mawkishness. 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.

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Release details

Release date: Wednesday December 7 2011
Duration: 87 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Screenwriter: Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Lorelle, ZoƩ Galeron
Cast: Brenda Blethyn
Roschdy Zem
Sotigui Kouyate
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