I'm surprised at the middling reviews from my fellow MUBIans. While this is no great cinematic achievement, it's still a remarkable drama and unsentimental look at vulnerable immigrant communities. What's more, the two main characters were so well drawn I believed every one of their actions at any time. The ending is emotionally honest and heart breaking without being sappy. I recommend it highly!
Well done and surprisingly realistic having spent a fair bit of time in these parts. The one thing that does not work is Tautou's character accent. The immigration police is a little too outwardly violent and stupid for their realism and are a bit if a cheap plot device. Good stuff otherwise.
A film that explores the lives of London's often unseen service workers, the off casts of a failing system and those that enforce it. Following the lives of two hotel workers bogged down in the bureaucracy of the UK asylum system both are driven to the extreme, runners in a desperate race to survive the unknown tomorrow however much you have to give up.
Not the best or most relevant film title, but don't let that cloud your judgment - this film is a profoundly damning indictment on the socio-political effect of anti-immigration ideologues governing policy. An important piece of counter-propaganda in a time when a witch-hunt on multi-culturalism is as pervasive as ever. One of Frears' forgotten gems deserving of revisionist acclaim.