• Birta Rán

    ★★★½ Watched by Birta Rán 22 Feb, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What I loved about London River is that it tackles racism and prejudice in such a strong way.
    As a viewer you don't really know if you are full of prejudice because they were the bombers or not, because you don't know, and the films actively keeps the truth out of your reach until the end.


  • Gustaf Ottosson

    ★★★★★ Watched by Gustaf Ottosson 05 Jul, 2016

    One of the most realistic and powerful films I've seen in a very long time. Technically and performance wise this is as close to perfection that you'll get. Anyone who've seen this and didn't like it should suffer death by firing squad.

    See the ranking of this film and all others I've seen this year here!


  • marta

    ★★★★ Watched by marta 17 Dec, 2015

    Sin duda alguna la he visto en una época muy adecuada para comprenderla en toda su intención. Sobria y triste visión de los daños colaterales del terrorismo, de lo que puede perjudicar tener una mente cerrada y de que no importa mucho si vivimos con alguien o no, porque jamás le conoceremos por completo.


  • Jonathan Edney

    ★★★½ Watched by Jonathan Edney 14 Jul, 2015

    A predictable but intriguing drama where two strangers arrive in London looking for their children following the 7/7 bombings. The ending is never really in doubt no matter how much the film may try and misdirect you but the performances of Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyate (who died shortly after the film was made) are heart-breaking in different ways: one wears their emotions on their sleeve, the other expresses much through only their eyes and it is this clash as well as a clash of cultures and prejudices that gives the drama an edge.


  • cassadee

    ★★★ Watched by cassadee 01 Aug, 2015

    Sad - I want to say "simple" but it was more "abrupt" - it left me feeling a bit up in the air, some residual consternation - I don't know. Was very distracted by Sotigui Kouyaté, the tentative, graceful, so vulnerable way he looked and moved. He was maybe TOO stoical, as Brenda Blethyn eddied, struggling and jibbering around him.


  • Ben Rasmin

    ★★★ Watched by Ben Rasmin 26 Jul, 2015

    Rachid Bouchareb's film is posited as a musing on the tragic 7/7 terrorist attack on London, which saw 52 people lose their lives. Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyaté are cast as two parents who journey to the capital in search for their missing children, but their meeting of minds transforms London River into more of an odd couple affair than the retrospective affair that you suspect Bouchareb was hoping for. This is not to the detriment of the film however,…


  • Brendan Edwards

    ★★★ Watched by Brendan Edwards 09 Jan, 2015

    A very emotionally captivating film in what we see these two very different strangers come together to find their children in this multi-cultural world. Two amazingly simple but heartfelt performances from the leads...


  • tofb

    ★★★ Watched by tofb 24 Nov, 2014

    Neither parent really knows their child. They are both lone souls before and after the events unfold.
    I fully expected the mother to throw herself off that cliff she's always hanging about. I like how the father worked as a tree saver and was so tall, thin and gnarled, just like an Ent.
    I liked the glimpse of London life, and of life on an English farm.
    I hated the morgue scene, squirmy.
    I can't figure out if this is a true story or just a "dramatization"


  • Steve G

    ★★★ Watched by Steve G 04 Aug, 2014

    Bear in mind this is a review from a person very rapidly becoming a cynical old bastard.

    London River troubled me. Not necessarily in the way that it was supposed to, but more in the way that it told its story. It's a mark of just how wonderful the two central performances are here, from Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyaté, that I've given this a friendly orange heart and three stars because there really wasn't much else here that would…


  • Martin Jensen

    ★★★½ Watched by Martin Jensen 18 Jul, 2014

    Maybe a little too contrived to hit the tone of naturalism it's going for, but nevertheless this is a pretty powerful film with great performances from Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyaté.


  • Sarfaraz Abbasi

    ★★★★½ Added by Sarfaraz Abbasi

    London River British film, co-written, produced directed by Franco-Algerian Rachid Bouchareb (Outside The Law -Best Foreign Language Oscar-nominated). Starring Brenda Blethyn and late Sotigui Kouyaté. Film premiered at (59th) Berlin International Film Festival on Feb 10-2009.

    In July 2005, British Elisabeth Sommers (Blethyn), go to mainland England to search for her missing daughter (on infamous day of 7th July 2005 bombings in London)from Guernsey, where she works on her farm. An African Muslim Ousmane (Kouyaté) flocks in from France looking…


  • Paul Berkeley

    ★★★★ Watched by Paul Berkeley 08 Jun, 2014

    Loved this drama that mixed a fictitious story during the time of the London bombings in 2005.Good performances by all the cast especially the two central characters played by Brenda Blethyn and the late Sotigui Kouyaté not to be missed.