Best in Show: Rachel Griffiths
One for the future: Rachel Griffiths
Stand-out scene: Burning down the (whore) house
Brainer or no-brainer: Brainer
Stands up to one viewing or repeated?: Repeated
DVD commentary any good?: n/a
Adapted from author Hanif Kureishi's short story of the same name, this East-West culture clash movie is a pearl amongst swine where recent kitchen sink British dramas are concerned. Rachel Griffiths appeared in this the same year as My Best Friend's Wedding (and three years after her breakthrough with Muriel's Wedding), sharing the star billing with Om Puri (who has cornered the market somewhat in comedy Asians after his scene-stealing roles in The Parole Officer and East is East). Om is Parvez, a self-employed taxi driver with a desire for full integration into the British way of life. Griffiths is Bettina, the prostitute Parvez takes under his protective wing. Parvez greets Mr Schitz, a travelling German businessman at the airport (holding aloft, hilariously, a sign reading 'Mr Shits') and becomes his driver for the duration of his stay. Meanwhile, Parvez's son starts exhibiting signs of Muslim fanaticism and embarks on an all-out campaign to rid his local streets of prostitution. A tender drama with plenty of laughs along the way, this is a film with a lot going for it.