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Dirty Pretty Things 2002
R

  • Stephen Frears
  • December 20, 2002
  • 97 mins
  • English
  • Crime, Drama, Thriller
Every dream has its price.
An urban hotel in London is a gathering and flash point for legal and illegal immigrants attempting to cobble together their lives in a new country. The immigrants include Senay, a Turkish woman, and a Nigerian doctor named Okwe who is working as a night porter at the hotel. The pair discover the hotel is a front for all sorts of clandestine activities. Their only wish is to avoid possible deportation. Okwe becomes more entangled in the goings on when he is called to fix a toilet in one of the rooms. He discovers the plumbing has been clogged by a human heart.

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Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things is a flawed gem, beautifully shot. Anything beyond the synopsis would diminish the story that unfolds. Though it does get a little predictable, the two lead characters keep you there until the end.

Fantastic performances by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Audrey Tautou (though I didn't buy she was Turkish), with great support from Sophie Okonedo (The Slap) and Benedict Wong (most recently under utilised in Prometheus).

The final moments of the film are just wonderful and held me through the credits right until the final sound plays out as they end.

Totally Tautou!

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