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London River (2009)

In film, Recommendation on 05/07/2011 at 10:20 pm

London River is Rachid Bouchareb‘s striking fictional account of a mother (Brenda Blethyn) who loses track of her daughter and a French-Algerian man (Sotigui Koutaye) who travels to London to find his son, both directly after the 2005 London bombings. It’s a French-British-Algerian collaboration – and a successful one.

I feel that revealing more about the plot spoils the experience. I’ll just say that Bouchareb made a quite beautiful film about fear, loss, xenophobia and above all, human kindness.

PS: you need English subtitles for the French and Arabic bits. Unless you understand French and Arabic, of course.

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