Dirty Pretty ThingsDirector: Stephen Frears
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.
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Cast & Crew
|Benedict Wong||Guo Yi|
|Odile Dicks-Mireaux||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Julie Goldstein||Executive Producer|
|Rebecca Holmes||Art Director|
|Nathan Larson||Score Composer|
|Peter Lindsay||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski||Production Designer|
|Teresa Moneo||Executive Producer|
|Paul Smith||Executive Producer|
|Allon Reich||Executive Producer|
|Stuart Renfrew||Asst. Director|
|Tracey Scoffield||Executive Producer|
|David M. Thompson||Executive Producer|
1. A Driving Doctor
2. Making Things Pretty
3. "Medicine for Your Soul"
4. Stories and Recipes
5. Coming and Going
6. "They See Things"
7. Waiting for the Maid
8. For a Passport
9. Do You Feel?
10. Peddling Happiness
11. Right and Wrong
12. "Today I Bit"
13. "Good at Chess"
14. The Only Way
15. "The People You Do Not See"
16. Okwe's Past
17. End Credits
English for the Hearing Impaired
Feature Commentary With Director Stephen Frears
Behind the Scenes
The Magdalene Sisters
Miramax Home Entertainment
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The fact that his movie was nominated for, and actually won prestigious awards is surprising. It was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I would rather have my teeth pulled than watch this movie. In the beginning it was extremely slow and it did not pick up until the end. Even the end was horribly predictable. The acting was just as depressing as the movie. Audrey Tautou, who plays Senay, is the perfect example of this. When bad things happened I did not feel her pain. She always seemed lost in space. It was like she didn't know that she was on a movie set at the time. The actors also had such mono tone voices. Whether they are sad or excited it is the same slow boring voice. Overall Dirty Pretty Things was the most atrocious, asinine movies I have ever laid my eyes on. The directors, actors, and produces all did awful jobs. The only thing good about the movie was that it ended.
Saw this movie at the Nantucket Film Festival in 2003 and found it to be very moving. Shows a part of life that I'm sure actually exists and presents it in a most tasteful way. The acting was less acting and more real. Not for everyone, but I feel it touches a side of life many of us know little of.