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Dirty Pretty Things (2002) Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou

Chiwetel Ejiofor , Audrey Tautou , Stephen Frears    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou, Sophie Okonedo
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Format: Dolby, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MHX364
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,057 in Film & TV (See Top 100 in Film & TV)


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.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best British Film In Years 23 July 2003
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinema that's not predictable Hollywood pap 4 Sep 2003
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
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films we've seen in a long time. 9 April 2010
By Peter Roxburgh TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing but still intriguing 14 May 2013
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Throw this movie down the throats of Mail and Express readers.
What is instantly likable about Dirty Pretty Things is that it looks at immigration in London from a completely other view the side of the immigrant. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Colonel Decker
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
A great film with a sad subtext. I had average expectations. I found rich characterisation and compelling personal stories which highlight a world most people would prefer not to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Glows2
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Imagine a film made by a left wing, white, middle class student/ prat with a serious case of white guilt and no experience of reality. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and educational
A touching story about human survival, greed, difficult decisions, and the terrible choices many people have to make daily. As always Audrey plays her part well.
Published 12 months ago by Stewart Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent enough...
Not as good as I remember when seeing it when first released back in 2002. Love Audrey Tautou but have never liked Chiwetel Ejiofor as an actor. Picture quality is average... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Blu-ray fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing pseudo medical fable
In many ways the film is an easy film about the cosmopolitan city of London, South Bank, probably Brixton or Southwark or both. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2011 by Jacques COULARDEAU
4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Pretty Things
Dirty Pretty Things [DVD] [2002]
This was recommended to me because I was writing a story about an illegal immigrant. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by Mrs. A. M. Woollard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Yet another great contribution to modern British cinema. A must for every buff and a great gift for cinema lovers all over the world.
Published on 2 July 2011 by Viv
1.0 out of 5 stars well..........
Audrey made better films since then... Here you can easily guess what will happen the next 30 minutes and Audrey's nice eyes are not enough to keep your attention for more than... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2010 by Piotr
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a heart - a human heart!
Stephen Frears' masterful 2002 portrayal of the seedy underbelly of London, along with its desperate immigrants, self-serving ne'r do wells, and complacent abusers of power, is a... Read more
Published on 9 May 2009 by Captain Pugwash
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