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Excellent movie. Stephen Frears, the director, is a fave of mine and here's proof why he can't go wrong. Good storyline, nice script, good acting - all make for a great evening's entertainment.
A timely reality check for anybody swayed by election-year politicking aimed at immigrants, this film shows, without mawkishness or preaching, the lives of those who, dodging the immigration authorities... Read more in London, do all the jobs first-world citizens are too fastidious to touch. Those of us with British (or New Zealand) passports have won first prize in the lottery of life: this is a memorable film that shows us why. A great story line too.
Very existensial. A healthy bite of not-so-nice reality, but very well acted and worthwhile. Ends with a twist.
A wonderful drama set amongst the sometimes seedy and unforgiving underbelly of London's illegal immigrants. People will do anything to get ahead and this film graphically presents this. Great characters... Read more and a refreshing and unpredictable story line make this a worthwhile watch. HIghly recommended.
Ultimately disappointing, as could have been much better if it didn't focus so much on trying for a feel-good factor. Pointless any film trying to be both a moralistic drama and a fluffy romantic fantasy... Read more.
It is well-directed, with good actors, but works on the white Western guilt trip and has been over-rated because of it. The characters, while appealing, are nice goodies or mean baddies and it has a glib and empty ending.
An interesting, thought provoking and ultimately heart-warming story about the displacement, anxious uncertainty and exploitation that besets immigrants, illegal and legal. Very worthwhile viewing.
Very good. Social comment plus watchability, which is achieved through identifying with the powerlessness of the illegal immigrant characters. Put in invidious positions because they are supporting... Read more the system but outside its laws, they struggle to retain the moral high ground and in doing so show up the hypocrisy of their exploitation. A little bit preachy at times, but still a powerful piece of film-making.
I liked this. The story is simple, gritty and just about plausible - though I'll never go into a hotel again without wondering what the night staff are getting up to, or what I might find in the bathroom... Read more. It has a good pace to it, which keeps you watching, and it gives a sense of what life might be like for illegal immigrants. Above all, it's well-acted. Audrey Tautou is excellent as usual, and brings a mixture of fragility and hardness to the role of victim. Chiwetel Ejifor is also perfect as the doctor/good samaritan.
Harsh reality movie. Well made and very interesting. Highly recommended
Really enjoyable raw movie with some great acting and an ever twisting plot.