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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

Cast: Audrey Tautou, Audrey Tautou, Chiwetel Ejiofor, more...
Director: Stephen Frears, Stephen Frears
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Foreign, UK
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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Director Stephen Frears returns to the grittier themes of his earlier films for the urban thriller Dirty Pretty Things. Residing in London, the medically trained Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a Nigerian immigrant working as a taxi driver and a hotel concierge, but he still lives on the edge of poverty. He shares a room with Senay (Amélie's Audrey Tautou making her English-language debut), a Turkish refugee who works as a maid at the hotel. As illegal immigrants, Okwe and Senay live in fear of being deported. One night, working at the front desk, Okwe receives a call from prostitute Juliette (Sophie Okonedo) to check a broken toilet, where he makes a horrifying discovery. He reports it to the manager Sneaky (Sergi Lopez), who blackmails Okwe into staying quiet about it. Okwe soon discovers the presence of a shady business operation that sends him into the seedy London underworld. Senay becomes lured in with hopes of being able to fund her escape to America. Dirty Pretty Things marks the screenwriting debut of Steve Knight, co-creator of the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Commentary with Director Stephen Frears
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette

GreenCine Member Reviews

Dirty Pretty Things by funnytoo December 6, 2011 - 1:45 PM PST
should have been called: Frightened Desperate People - the only pretty thing in the film is the Hooker & there's not enough of her; the story is rather limp, ups, did I say that??!! Ahhm, the Hooker can help with that. 5 out of 10 because we need to see more of Sophie Okonedo

Up in the air on this by Texan99 September 4, 2010 - 4:27 PM PDT
Couldn't quite decide about it. Sometimes it seemed to be going for an overwhelming melodramatic payoff, and it didn't quite get there. On the other hand, many of its quietly developed scenes are still going through my mind. Ejiofor and Tautou are transcendent; his character in particular grows and grows on you until you are completely committed to him. The people whose documents are not in order are terrifyingly vulnerable every minute of every day. These two face up to their peril with enormous heart and intelligence.

Good-ish, was hoping for more by elenainsf November 22, 2006 - 10:34 AM PST
Not a bad movie, but the script is flat and not very surprising. The ideas are good, but it's not clever enough to entice. You can tell what the director was trying to portray but the actors are too innocent to be realistic. Only watch this if you have nothing else to watch :)

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