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London River [DVD] [Region 1] [629159042893]

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  • It marked a sickening and devastating second act to 9/11: on July 7, 2005, a series of bombs exploded on the London subways, all ignited by terrorist extremists. Over 700 people were severely injured, 56 people killed; authorities later discovered a video tape from one of the jihadists, declaring his sect at war with Great Britain. Rachid Bouchareb's drama LONDON RIVER puts a human face on this conflict by relaying the fictional stories of two people whose lives are turned inside-out by the cataclysm. Ousmane (Sotigui Kouyate) is a Muslim living in France, Mrs. Sommers (Academy Award nominee Brenda Blethyn) a Christian war widow living on the British Channel Isles. Though unacquainted, with differing religious backgrounds, these strangers find themselves united in the city of London, and linked by a shared tragedy: each has lost touch with a child amid the attacks--Mrs. Sommers, a daughter named Jane, and Ousmane, a son named Ali--and it so happens that the two were dating. Together, the couple begin combing the city and searching for their loved ones, bound by a hope that both children survive.
  • Credits
    Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyate, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Bernard Blancan
  • Critic Reviews
    "Two strongly divergent yet equally stirring performances anchor LONDON RIVER, an intimate drama set against the 2005 London Underground and bus bombings that killed more than 50 people."
    Los Angeles Times

    "In what is essentially an actor's film, Blethyn in particular carves out a character who is incredibly authentic..."
    Sight and Sound

    4 stars out of 5 -- "French director Rachid Bouchareb brings intelligence and humanity to this story of two lonely people trying to cling to hope."

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