Friday, July 17, 2009

Dirty pretty things - DVD

Dirty pretty things offers some uncomfortable insights into the bleak lives of illegal immigrants in London.
Nigerian former doctor Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor) drives a cab during the day and mans a hotel front desk at night. His Turkish friend Senay is a maid at the same hotel and dreams of a new life in New York. Their lives are reduced to trying to get by and stay ahead of the immigration police. Meanwhile, the hotel's manager runs a scheme where immigrants sell a kidney in exchange for passports and new identities and pressures Okwe to become involved. How can he refuse and still protect his friend?
Sounds bleak? Not your cup of tea? Dirty pretty things isn't easy watching, or light and fluffy. Instead, it's edgy, intelligent and compelling. Audrey Tautou shines as the downtrodden Senay and Chiwetel Ejiofor is impressive as Okwe.
Rating - I give this 5/5
Get this from the library
Reviewed by Jan @ Ballarat

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