Dirty Pretty Things 2003

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Okwe, a kind-hearted Nigerian doctor, and Senay, a Turkish chambermaid, work at the same West London hotel. The hotel is run by Senor "Sneaky" and is the sort of place where "dirty business" like drug dealing and prostitution takes place. However, when Okwe finds a human heart in one of the toilets, he uncovers something far more sinister than just a common crime.

Starring:
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

Dirty Pretty Things

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Director Stephen Frears
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou
Supporting actors Sergi Lopez, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Wong
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "poke23" on 23 July 2003
Format: DVD
In terms of culture this film shows us brits a truly different story of immigrants and multi ethnic communities, whether you agree or disagree with the country's policies on immigration, I think you will be hard pushed not to feel compassion and sympathy for these characters. Having said that I must stress this film is not about doom and gloom, it keeps a good deal of humour throughout, but it has a strong undercurrent, and a plot which I found original and not easily predicted. The acting is fantastic, the only actor I knew of before being Audrey Tautou of Amelie fame, which just shows her versatility, as this role is a far cry from the lovable french girl, she plays a Turkish refugee trying to survive in London, paying rent and food bills and not being allowed to legally work. The lead role being played by Chiwetel Ejiofor is equally convincing, his charater is lighter and more comedic which brings the whole film a watchable yet intense quality. This film has to be one of the must see films of the year, do yourself a favour, drop the holywood blockbusters for this week, you won't be sorry.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By PB TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Sep 2003
Format: DVD
Dirty Pretty Things will never be mainstream and will never be viewed by the masses. This is a real shame because the majority of the blockbusters we get to see have nothing to offer other than perhaps 90 minutes of special effects. Dirty Pretty Things will stay with you for a very long time after the final scene plays.
The film refuses to be heavy handed about the issues which most will focus on -- illegal immigrants. Neither does the film lose itself in characterisation at the expense of story -- there is a good plot which really gets you gripped as you wonder how things will turn out.
I cannot recommend this film highly enough. I hope that the British film industry continues to make films like this and resist the urge to only make "Hugh Grant vehicles". DPT reminds us how powerful cinema can be, without needing huge explosions to impress you. I urge you to watch this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 May 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Dirty Pretty Things was at once a pleasant surprise and a slight disappointment. It stands head and shoulders above the wreckage of many Britflicks of its day, but it still never quite reaches the heights. Part of the problem is that the background is the story, leaving us with an at times slight narrative and a very predictable final twist that seems very much like one of Roald Dahl's Tales of the Very Much as We Expected (the moment Chiwetel Ejiofor stops Sergi Lopez's hands from shaking you know exactly what's coming).

That said, it's still a worthwhile trip. Unlike most British films, and London ones in particular, it actually uses the city as a character - in this case the hidden city. We see virtually no ordinary British citizens. Instead the film is inhabited by the illegal immigrants who do the dirty jobs that no-one else wants, the lead character a Nigerian doctor who works double-shifts as taxi driver and hotel porter and rents a couch in Turkish maid Audrey Tatou's couch on a timeshare basis. This milieu is superbly captured, and you get a sense of a world not so much hidden as ignored. Frears direction too is back to the power and drive of his early work after his recent flabby American entries, although he still can't resist caricaturing the Immigration officials - rather than the bored, disinterested and impersonal reality he's opted for cheap comic book villains that diminishes every scene they appear in. Similarly, he doesn't always keep a tight enough rein on some of the supporting performances, Sophie Okenedo in particular: she can be a much better actress, but here she's allowed to veer too much to stereotype and has a couple of awkward moments.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Oct 2005
Format: DVD
Directed by Stephen Frears, 'Dirty Pretty Things' is both a thriller and modern morality tale set in the underbelly of London - the world of illegal immigrants, sweatshops and prostitution. It is an atmospheric film with fantastic central performances from both Chiwetel Ejiofor and Audrey Tautou, (famously known for her role in Amelie).
Okwe (Ejiofor) works two jobs, as mini-cab driver in the day and in a hotel as a night porter. Haunted by the life he escaped in Africa, he has little time for sleep. When he does rest, it is on the couch of Senay (Tautou) - a Turkish Muslim claiming refugee status in the UK - she too works illegally in the hotel and dreams of a new life in the USA.
When a grisly secret is discovered in the hotel, they find themselves struggling to survive it. When you don't exist how can you report something to the police?
The film poses some challenging questions, the foremost of which are... what are you prepared to do to survive and what price is too high to achieve your dream?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter R TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 April 2010
Format: DVD
It was only because of a mild fascination for Audrey Tautou that I stumbled across this film. Very glad that I did.

Both my wife and I thinks this is one of the best films we have seen in a long time.

The film moves at a very steady pace (that's NOT a synonym for slow and boring) , with the story drawing you into the characters and vice versa. The acting is absolute top-notch and the characters very believable. There are no cheesy stereotypes or clichés that distract from the story.

Here is a story set in London that really uncovers the not-so-pleasant underbelly of the London illegal immigrant scene and the struggles that they go through in order to try and live undetected here in the UK.

If you are looking for an interesting film, with an arresting story, and engaging characters, then this will in no way disappoint. This is easily in my top 10 films, and possibly even in my top 5. Well worth the watch.
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