Dirty Pretty Things tells the tale of two immigrants in the UK, one a Nigerian man named Okwe (pronounced “oak-way,” played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Love Actually), the other a Muslim Turkish woman named Senay (pronounced “shin-eye,” played by Audrey Tautou, Amélie). Okwe was a doctor in his native land, but was forced to flee a crime he didn’t commit, and now works grueling hours at two jobs—as a taxi driver by day, a hotel desk clerk by night. Senay makes ends meet by renting her couch to Okwe and working as a maid at the hotel where he works. Okwe is resigned to living life at the bottom of the social ladder; Senay dreams of New York City, with lights in the trees and policemen on horseback. A series of horrible events destroys the tenuous balance of their lives. Senay is visited by the immigration authorities and must leave the hotel for work farther underground. Okwe makes a series of discoveries that uncovers the hotel manager’s racket: he preys on poor immigrants willing to undergo high-risk surgeries to sell their internal organs… –DVDVerdict
Frears was born in Leicester, England to an Anglican father and a Jewish mother. Attended the Trinity College in Cambridge before starting his carreer in television where he contributed to several high-profile series such as the BBC’s Play for Today. In the mid-1980s he came to prominence as an important director of British and later American films. It was his production of the one-off drama My Beautiful Laundrette for Channel 4 in 1985 that led to his notice as a capable film director when the production was released theatrically to great acclaim. He next directed another successful British film, the Joe Orton biopic Prick Up Your Ears in 1987, followed by a second film from a Hanif Kureshi screen play, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid. The following year he made his Hollywood debut with Dangerous Liaisons. Frears had another critical success with The Grifters, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director but suffered a major box office disappointment with Hero, starring… read more
The story was good and the acting too. "There's nothing so dangerous as a virtuous man".
Stephen Frears is inconsistent, but when he's good, as he is here, he makes a damned good movie. This is the only time I have liked Audrey Tatou: she left her "cutes" at home this time. And Ejiofor is a great actor. Too bad Hollywood only has room for one Black leading man at a time!