Dirty Pretty Things Reviews
What. a. script.
"How come I've never seen you people before?"
"Because we are the people you do not see. We are the ones who drive your cabs. We clean your rooms. And suck your cocks."
A real character/environment study on people and how was deal with what we're dealt in life. Great acting by Audrey Tautou and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and gritty setting and realistic seedy underworld of illegals and illegal things. Actually near a hotel I stayed at in London in Shoreditch, yeah creepy side of town.
"Ooh, it is in there...I can hear it. Your heart."
Touching and romantic in a sad way, again, very sympathetic characters and struggles.
So, I didn't know what to expect from this film. At first, I thought it was a thriller about a mysterious murder, than I thought it was an insightful drama about the perilous lives of undocumented immigrants, and then I thought it was just a romantic drama. In the end, it was probably all of those things, but the second was the most intriguing and rewarding.
Director Stephen Frears once again manages to put the characters at the forefront of this tense, and often uncomfortable drama. Instead of just allowing his stylish imagery to set the tone or hoping the screenwriter can punish the characters enough for the audience to care, Frears allows enough soft, small character moments to help you fall in love with the characters as people. Frears has the benefit of fantastic performers in Ejiofor and Tautou to lead his film. Both are incredibly interesting and sympathetic, and you want to root for both of them. These characters feel like real human beings with wants and desires that make total sense.
So when Frears begins his condemnation of how immigrants are treated in society, it doesn't just feel like sensational, or mere topical, storytelling. It feels like the natural continuation of these characters stories. It's a great film that will keep you on the edge of your seat, not always in tension, but in genuine concern for these characters.
I am - however - compelled to say that: Ejiofor's performance was a tour de force!