Dirty Pretty Things

Film, Thrillers
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A sympathetic, engaging and politically astute slice of modern urban realism, set in the twilight world of London's community of recent immigrants and asylum seekers, and directed with Frears' habitual professionalism and sensitivity. Fine, anchoring performances include Ejiofor as the 'virtuous' insomniac Nigerian hotel night porter who time-shares a bed with Turkish cleaner Tautou, and Lopez as the smug and very shifty head porter. Frears' realisation of milieu - high street cab offices, hospital back corridors and cheap rental rooms - is as acute as his eye and ear for the minutiae of character and social interaction. If there's a problem it lies in Steven Knight's script. The dialogue is occasionally stiff and banal and the thriller format increasingly lays a deadhand on the proceedings.

By: WH

Release details

Rated: 15
Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Stephen Frears
Screenwriter: Steven Knight
Cast: Zlatko Buric
Kriss Dosanjh
Sergi Lopez
Audrey Tautou
Benedict Wong
Jean-Philippe Ecoffey
Sophie Okonedo
Chiwetel Ejiofor

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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The comment youI really enjoyed the film, it seemed a bit dull at first but the characters and story drew me in. My only criticism is the fact that Okwe was potrayed to be Yoruba, when in fact Okwe is not a Yoruba name at all. More like Igbo or South eastern Nigerian. Still didnt reduce my enjoyment, and anyways a movie about a Nigerian but shot by a foriegner wouldnt get everything right.


awesome film, touching, honest and brilliantly portrayed


awesome film, touching, honest and brilliantly portrayed