At first sight, it seems dated and bad, but I feel there is just so much to this. The story is subtle and straightforward, but the way it's executed makes it a great film. It definitely belongs on 80s canon. And the performances are very very good, with obvious emphasis on a young Daniel Day Lewis. I feel that context of its production is necessary to 'get' this film so if you see it, please read about the making of.
One of the most progressive films of the 80s, highlighting unfair British prejudice towards immigration and homosexuality. The dangers of free market capitalism in a world of inequalities and subjectivities is highlighted with quite a damning critique on Thatcherite politics. With hindsight, this is Frears' most potent film that stands the test of time despite the anachronisms of its cinematography and soundtrack.
This Oscar nominated screenplay by Hanif Kureishi was the perfect fit for Stephen Frears who makes every character interesting.
Funny,with insight into what life is like for Asians in Britain,circa the 80's.
Perceptive,with superb performances.
What a strange, wonderful movie. I could do without much of the surreal gestures and the stupid sound effects and (surprisingly) the inscrutable Daniel Day Lewis character. Gordon Warnecke-- who never did anything again?-- plays a perfect younger-brother character. Spunky, perverted, beaten on by everyone-- the complexity of this character rarely materializes at the movies, let alone in ones this out there.
Un film superbe et brillant, d'une tranquille noirceur existentielle nimbée d'une constante fraîcheur désabusée. Mélange (d)étonnant d'un cinéma d'une étrange vitalité et d'une amère lucidité, une des caractéristiques de la "firme" Frears...
If you are ok with watching still shots of people talking about seemingly irrelevant topics with each other in a great observation of the cultural scene of back then, this is your movie. I mean, it sometimes looks and sounds absurd (and low budget) but indeed it is beautiful.
Briton, Birleşik Krallık sınırları içinde yaşayan, ama Anglo-Saxon olmayan insanların içinde yer aldığı bir küme. Kendisini İngiliz gibi hisseden ama hiçbir aman İngilizler tarafından bir İngiliz gibi görülmeyen insanların hikayesini anlatmış film. Son derece samimi ve güzel. 80'lerin havasını da soluyorsunuz bol bol. Tavsiye ederim.
Good for a low budget film, but the jumbled way the themes are handled makes the whole thing unfocused. I did like the backdrop of Thatcher's England, since it shows a different kind of reality that Hollywood offered at the same time, but I'm sure there are better works of that era than this (and without the awful bubbling noise!). The acting is a bit stiff, but Day-Lewis has a glimpse of his subsequent greatness.