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Dirty Pretty Things [Blu-ray] (2012)

Chiwetel Ejiofor , Audrey Tautou , Stephen Frears  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0080QOL6A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,433 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From Stephen Frears, the Oscar®-nominated director of The Queen (2007), Dirty Pretty Things stars Audrey Tautou (Coco Before Chanel) in a harrowing tale of struggle and survival for two immigrants who learn that everything is for sale in London's secret underworld.

Part of an invisible working class, Nigerian exile Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Salt) and Turkish chambermaid Senay (Tautou) toil at a West London hotel that is full of illegal activity. Then late one night Okwe makes a shocking discovery, which creates an impossible dilemma and tests the limits of all they know. Honored with numerous European film awards and nominations, as well as an Academy Award® nomination for best original screenplay (2004), you'll find this gritty urban thriller to be thoroughly engrossing and impossible to forget.

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tightly Structured Thriller With Something To Say November 28, 2003
It isn't often that you see a well-crafted thriller with something on its mind, but "Dirty Pretty Things" is one of those films. It tells the story of Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a Nigerian living in London illegally. He works two jobs: one as a taxi driver and the other inside a second-rate hotel. This doesn't give him much time to do anything, but work. When it is time to rest, he has an unusual living arrangement with Senay (Audrey Tautou), a Turkish immigrant that also works at the hotel. They share the same flat, but never occupy it at the same time.
One night, while Okwe is working at the hotel, he is asked to check on a room and discovers a human heart. When he tells his boss Sneaky Juan (Sergi López), he's told to keep quiet or he'll risk deportation. This causes Okwe to have a moral dilemma, which drives this fascinating story of the underside of London live.
Without revealing too much of the plot, "Dirty Pretty Things" keeps raising the stakes and makes you really care about the plight of the main characters.
Fans of the international hit "Amélie," might be a bit surprised by Ms. Tautou's performance as Senay. Some might find her work shocking, but it clearly indicates that Tautou is an actor unafraid of taking risks. She and Mr. Ejiofor are a pleasure to watch on screen together.
Okwe is reminiscent of some of Sidney Poitier's early films. He's sensitive, noble and has strong moral convictions. That's something you don't see much in film today. Ejiofor's performance is all the more remarkable given the world in which his character lives in. Okwe is surrounded by morally bankrupt people that will do anything to become British citizens. He stands tall in the face of many temptations.
While a fascinating and provocative film, "Dirty Pretty Things" may not be for everybody. However, if you're looking for an intelligent story with complex characters and don't mind venturing into a seedy world, this film is for you.
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty rather than pretty September 7, 2003
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They're in the shadows, the people that no one sees. "Dirty Pretty Things" can be classified as many things -- horror, drama, thriller, social commentary or some combination of the above -- but in the end it is merely a wonderfully gritty, realistic film that will leave you thinking.
Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a Nigerian immigrant in London, lives with (but is not involved with) prickly Turkish immigrant Senay (Audrey Tatou), both of whom struggle against immigrant officials -- and their own feelings. Okwe works by his own strong morals, hampered by a dark secret. But one day Okwe makes a grisly discovery in the hotel where he works -- a clog in a toilet that turns out to be a human heart.
His boss Juan (Sergi Lopez) tells him to not say anything. Does Okwe obey him? Of course not. He digs deeper, and soon uncovers a sinister web that hits close to the heart: Desperate immigrants sell their organs in exchange for forged papers and passports. As the immigration officials start to close in on Okwe and Senay, they must figure out what to do about the organ smuggling ring.
A lot of movie moralizing is contrived and poorly-scripted. But Stephen Frears manages to stick the moral dilemmas in the faces of the viewers and make them stick. Okwe's conflicted feelings when he discovers the organ trafficking are wonderful, especially as he himself is a doctor who could help people, but working for an evil man. Similarly we see Senay, a religious girl, in a slow, inexorable downward slide.
We see many immigrants, all with different dreams, goals, and pasts. And Frears makes them all come alive. He shows London as a city with a dark underbelly, with plenty of sinister big buildings where immigrant workers struggle to remain anonymous.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller that's actually about something. September 30, 2003
You can view director Stephen Frears' DIRTY PRETTY THINGS one of two ways, maybe even more than that.
It allows viewers the chance to see a side of London that is never shown, an underground world of illegal immigrants trying to get by and gain legal citizenship while trying to evade authorities. It also shows viewers a rather creepy and twisted plot involving the black-market sale of human organs and how willing some people are to pursue their dreams. The film also gives Audrey Tautou her first English-speaking role and features her prominently in a rather odd, completely compelling love story.
I was rather pleased with this movie, which though flawed is never boring. And the ending of it was particularly satisfying.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "WE ARE THE ONES YOU DONď¿˝T SEE" August 7, 2003
Okwe (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is an illegal immigrant living in London who is fleeing a secretive past in Nigeria. He is on the constant run from immigrant officials and must work two jobs just to keep his head above water. He befriends Senay (Audrey Tautou) while working at Hotel Baltic who is also an illegal immigrant from Turkey. One night Okwe finds a human heart in one of the hotel room�s toilet. Using his previous knowledge of medicine he begins to solve the case of the mysterious human heart. Along the way his moral and ethical values are constantly challenged as he is confronted with grave decisions.
DIRTY PRETTY THINGS is an intriguing and smart crime thriller and love story all rolled into one. This film does an excellent job revealing the hidden population of illegal immigrants residing in London and all the turmoil and risk they encounter just to not be deported. The strong political and economic themes enrich the plot rather than distract the audience. In addition, the characters are real and the acting is superb. I highly recommend this film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The name doesn't help!
A very good movie set in London about illegal refugees and there struggle to survive against a backdrop of those who take advantage of them. Don't miss this one!
Published 4 days ago by RJGUY
3.0 out of 5 stars Another dark movie.
Yes it was a suspenseful, fast paced intriguing movie. From my perspective, what comes around goes around type theme,
Focus of this movie was illegal immigrants trying to get... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Gerry C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, and a bit sad.
The acting was good as well as the direction. It does a good job highlighting the indignities that immigrants are subjected to.
Published 7 days ago by Rod
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh..
Trying to start a fresh life for yourself and a friend is a hard thing to do. The plot to this movie is actually pretty descent, but the acting and film style bothered me. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Rich
3.0 out of 5 stars Kinda slow start.
Well, I did not finish the whole thing. It's about struggle and survival in living as an undocumented person. one of the main persons is a hotel clerk who use to be a medical Dr. Read more
Published 16 days ago by T
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not like it.
I had a difficult time following the story. I could not get a feeling of where the plot came from. When it ended I did not know where it was going. Maybe I tried to overanalyze.
Published 20 days ago by Larry Zawacki
5.0 out of 5 stars The world of illegal immigrants is dirty and not pretty
When you think about it, the idea that all of us humans on Planet Earth need official "papers" to live where we live, and that if we don't have the proper papers, we're at constant... Read more
Published 24 days ago by lonebeaut
4.0 out of 5 stars Illegals have it bad all over, even in that green and pleasant land
I'd come across references to this film here and there, but never watched it until now - quite the revelation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bill Kaluza
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie about the people exployated in the underclass,interesting...
I enjoyed this movie,I guess the poster art got me interested at first,but sticking around to the end was worth it! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Captain Kirk 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars Grisly reminder of new "civilizations"
Grisly story scarily lifelike. A reminder that persons like those portrayed good and bad from the new immigrant populations truly exist and cannot be categorized because of their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MAC
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