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The North London riots of 2011 serve as the backdrop for director Michael Caton-Jones’ gritty and moving portrait of a troubled young female offender who possesses a remarkable voice and a determined social worker who inspires her to use it.
"Urban Hymn" is so carefully and lovingly made by director Michael Caton-Jones and his leads that it's hard to begrudge the British drama its familiar premise, especially as you squint at the screen through tears.
Contrary to the conventions of the genre, the film progresses in a very convincing confrontation of three personages by means of a very american melodrama of personal overcoming. [Full review in Spanish]