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Dirty Pretty Things

  • Drama
  • 2002
  • Stephen Frears
  • 93 mins
  • 15

Summary

A Nigerian illegal immigrant living in London takes a job at a hotel frequented by drug dealers. When he discovers evidence of a murder, he dares not go to the police about it, and instead embarks on a danger-filled investigation of his own. Stephen Frears' drama, starring Audrey Tautou, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sergi Lopez, Sophie Okonedo and Benedict Wong.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The ever-versatile Stephen Frears provides a distinctive portrait of illegal immigrants living a hidden, knife-edge existence in London in this insightful drama. Chiwetel Ejiofor is all soulful integrity as Okwe, a Nigerian taxi driver who moonlights as a night porter in a hotel, while Amélie's Audrey Tautou elicits sympathy as a downtrodden Turkish asylum seeker. Well framed by accomplished cinematographer Chris Menges, Frears's depiction of a seedy London is impressive, though the script's intrusive thriller elements - such as oily hotel manager Sergi Lopez's illegal trade in donor organs - dent the film's overall credibility. Strict naturalism was clearly never the film's main intention, since some of its characters, particularly the dogged immigration authorities, teeter on the brink of caricature. However, the poignant closing scene aside, the final act isn't easy to take seriously, which is a great shame.

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Credits

Cast

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OkweChiwetel Ejiofor
SenayAudrey Tautou
SneakySergi Lopez
JulietteSophie Okonedo
Guo YiBenedict Wong
ShintiSotigui Kouyate
Shinti's sonAbi Gouhad
Jean-LucJean-Philippe Ecoffey

Crew

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DirectorStephen Frears

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Released on
2002-12-13
Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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