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Dirty Pretty Things 2003

4.4 out of 5 stars (45) IMDb 7.4/10

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

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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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By PeeBee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 2003
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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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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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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2003
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If you were delighted by Audrey Tatou's quirky, comedic role in AMELIE, be prepared for a whole new side of this French actress in DIRTY PRETTY THINGS. This young star does drama with the best. And either way, her enormous brown eyes would melt linoleum.
Tatou plays Senay, an undocumented Turkish immigrant toiling in London's underground labor pool as a maid at the Hotel Baltic in an unprepossessing part of the city. The night shift desk clerk, Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor), also undocumented, is a Nigerian on the run from government persecution back home. In the old country, Okwe was a licensed physician. In London, besides his hotel gig, Okwe drives a cab using borrowed credentials. Senay surreptitiously allows Okwe, who hasn't a permanent residence, the use of her flat's couch to sleep on while she works the day shift.
One morning, Okwe pulls a fresh human heart out of a plugged toilet in one of the hotel's rooms. Wishing to make it a police matter, Okwe brings the body part to the attention of the Baltic's day manager, Sneaky (Sergi Lopez), who persuades the former to let the matter rest by playing on his fear of discovery by Immigration. Besides, Sneaky advises, the job of a hotel is to PRETTY up the DIRTY THINGS that happen during the wee hours.
If you're hoping to catch a glimpse of touristy London, forget it. I've been there more times than I can remember, and didn't spot anything I recognized - not even the Thames. This is London's gritty underbelly, the home of undocumented immigrants so desperate to reach someplace better that they risk death selling their body parts on the transplantable organs black market in exchange for passports and airline tickets.
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Dirty Pretty Things [DVD] [2002]
This was recommended to me because I was writing a story about an illegal immigrant. I would have never chosed it for the title, which was off-putting, but after a slow strart I was hooked. The script and the acting are first class, and the ending came as a surprise. I can highly recommend it.
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