London River tells the story of a friendship which develops between two seemingly unconnected people: Elizabeth (Brenda Bleythn) and Ousmane (Sotigui Kouyate). Both have come to London to search for their children who are missing in the aftermath of the 7/7 bombings.
The back story was a bit contrived but I thought the acting of the two main characters was excellent and the story told in terms of human tragedy rather than a political or social drama. The scenes of London were very vivid, very simply and well done.
Doesn't live up to expectations
- London River review by JW
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Although the film didn't live up to expectations it was a well made film and Brenda Bleythn is as always excellent (surprisingly convincing with French). I was expecting there to be more about the 7/7 bombings as this was the films tag and less about the character development. Worth a watch but very thought provoking.
This inconsequential film (more a Wednesday play)was enjoyable and well acted but our enjoyment was hindered by the subtitle director assuming we understood French. This meant we missed significant parts of the film, which in the main was dialogue based.
Am I missing something, but would not a film which deals with the friendship of people from different backgrounds in London be better summed up in the title 'London bridge', but who am I to 'pontificate'?
Coicidence-laden river-less ethnic-fest about 7/7
- London River review by PV
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NOTE: TURN THE SUBTITLES TO ON (in the terribly designed menu) when watching this (French) film or you won't get subtitles for all the French-speaking bits!............
Anyway, this film was more of a TV drama - an ethnic-fest and very unrealistic drama, full of coincidences that drive its political agenda home (eg drawing analogies between the UK attacking the Falklands and Muslims attacking London - some might find that offensive actually). Very French in all its long pauses and silences - and clumsy metaphors and symbolisim too. The streets of ethnic London are accurately shown though - but yet again there is no acknowledgement in this film that actually 15% of UK Muslims thought that the 7/7 bombers did a good thing and over 40% think their actions were justifiable. As per usual, all Muslims are shown are fluffy little bunnies and 100% wonderful, and the argument here is that bombings like 9/11 and 7/7 are carried out by a few bad apples instead of a natural result of radical Islam. Anyway, worth watching - but the ID scenes are as unrealistic as the whole scenario: the director is showing the 7/7 he wants us to see and has just made up some silly cold police and mortuary scenes for his own political and dramatic purposes. 1.5 stars.