Dirty Pretty Things Reviews
The story is about an irregular immigrant doctor from Nigeria who lives in London and leads a double life: during the day he is a driver while by night he works in the front desk of a hotel, managed by a slimy Spanish man.
One night he discovers a human heart stuck in the toilet in a room of the hotel. Since that moment he is obsessed with that discovery and tries to understand why the heart was there. The film shows what poor people face to live a respectable life, especially in a big city like London, how they agree to a compromise to be happy.
Without any doubt, Chiwetel Ejiofor is a great actor, his gaze is pained and plays extraordinarily his role, perfectly identified in the character's suffering. Sergi Lopez also deserves a mention, creepy and slimy. In the cast there are also Audrey Tautou as a Turkish immigrant who illegally works in the hotel as maid and Sophie Okonedo who is a prostitute.
One of screenwriter Steven Knight's first movies, 'Dirty Pretty Things' is as you'd expect well written, as well as well acted and directed. It suffers from some pacing issues and it's often predictable but nonetheless it's a well crafted, grounded experience.