• Roger Joseph Ebert

    ★★★½ Added by Roger Joseph Ebert

    A tall, old African man makes his way through an olive grove. A sturdy market gardener on Guernsey takes the ferry to the British mainland. They have been set in motion by the same events in 2005: Terrorists have exploded bombs on London Underground trains and a bus. They are seeking news of their children.

    "London River" tells the story of how these parents meet in the course of their journeys. It also shows a London set ajar by the…


  • Kent Dempsey

    ★★★★ Watched by Kent Dempsey 31 Mar, 2014

    Two strangers meeting in London searching for their children in the wake of the London Bombings. Worth seeing for its two amazing performances, from Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyate, which overcome the shaky plot.



    ★★★ Watched by SMRIDGLEY74 26 Mar, 2014

    After traveling to London to check on their missing children in the wake of the 2005 terror attack on the city, two strangers come to discover their respective children had been living together at the time of the attacks. Sums it up really.


  • Mark C

    ★★★½ Watched by Mark C 24 Mar, 2014 2

    OK, first things first; I tuned in for Brenda Blethyn but I stayed for Sotigui Kouyaté, because my word, that performance is just so heartbreaking, empathetic and dignified it just resonates deeply with every lovingly captured shot of his worn and weary face. His death a year after this film was made is a sad loss to cinema.

    London River is a film with something to say delivered on an intimate and personal level. In other words its the kind…


  • Alberto Farina

    ★★★½ Watched by Alberto Farina 27 Feb, 2014

    Two desperate parents meet by chance when her daughter and his son go missing after the London bombings on July 7th, 2005. Allegedly shot in just 2 weeks, low-budget drama is deeply affecting as sorrow brings both protagonists to overcome each other's racial prejudice - she's British while he's from Senegal. Bare bones storyline yields increasingly strong emotions, but it's the interplay between Blethyn and Kouyaté that makes all the difference.


  • Matt Thomas

    ★★★★ Added by Matt Thomas

    Powerful and compelling story driven by a wonderful, award-worthy performance from Blethyn.


  • Smirkel

    ★★★½ Added by Smirkel

    Nice drama. Two superb main actors. Sad story. If anything maybe a bit too politically correct. 7/10


  • Sacha

    ★★★★ Watched by Sacha 29 Jun, 2013

    Gorgeous, sad, understated. Astounding performance from the two leads. A quiet, sensitive handling of a tragedy that never feels exploitative.


  • Nyman

    ★★★½ Added by Nyman

    Film seco, sin concesiones ni filtros, sobre la búsqueda que emprende un padre y una madre de sus respectivos hijos desaparecidos durante un atentado terrorista en Londres. De esas historias fuertes que no necesitan de gran presupuesto para ser contadas y que terminan siendo tan efectivas como cualquier película de suspenso con gran producción. En línea similar (historia distinta) a la iraní Una Separación, la anécdota de A la Orilla del Río se sostiene por las espléndidas actuaciones de sus…


  • j Gregory Barton

    ★★★★ Added by j Gregory Barton

    Don't miss it. Strikes at the heart and past prejudice.


  • Chris

    ★★★½ Watched by Chris 05 Oct, 2012

    Brilliant acting, story so so


  • Barnaby Walter

    ★★★ Watched by Barnaby Walter 14 Aug, 2012

    An admirable attempt at tackling one of the most devastating weeks in recent British history. Although the ending falls a little flat, this is still good, grown-up drama with a superb performance by Brenda Blethyn.

    A note on the viewing: Viewed on a 40" Samsung widescreen HD television in 1080i high definition on BBC One HD.