London River 2009 ★★★★

I love this film. It's a very simple story of a mother (the always fantastic Brenda Blethyn) who hears about the bus bombings in London, leaves messages for her daughter in London to call her back, and when she doesn't hear anything for a while she decides to go to London and find out what's going on. She encounters the odd looking African Ousmane (Sotigui Kouyaté) and in lovely scenes we see this small town woman's prejudices and fear of the unknown slowly dissipate. Their journey together is simple, real, and beautiful.

Sotigui Kouyaté was such a delight, and makes for a beautiful subject for photography. In fact, there are a couple of scenes in this film of him where the light is perfect and the lines in his face stand out and it's just, well, it's just one of the darned nicest photographs I've seen in film.

This is for those who enjoy simple stories and beautiful characters.

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