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 morein 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.
From Stephen Frears, the Oscar-nominated director of The Grifters (Best Director, 1990) and Dangerous Liaisons, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS stars Audrey Tautou (Amelie) in a harrowing tale of struggle and survival for two immigrants who learn that everything is for sale in London's secret underworld! Part of an invisible working class, Nigerian exile Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Turkish chambermaid Senay (Tautou) toil at a west London hotel that teems with illegal activity. Then late one night Okwe makes a shocking discovery, which creates an impossible dilemma and tests the limits of all they know! Honored with numerous European film awards and nominations - including wins at the London Critics Circle Film Awards and the Venice Film Festival - you'll find this gritty urban thriller to be thoroughly engrossing and impossible to forget!