Dirty Pretty Things

Synopsis

Audrey Tautou, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sergi Lopez
Frears sympathetically shines a light on the normally unseen world of exploited illegal immigrants in modern-day London. These invisible people keep the economy running, yet struggle to keep their own lives. A chance discovery brings out the full horror of the shady goings on in a seedy hotel. What does the discoverer do? It is not possible to go to the police, but to do nothing brings into danger the lives of other people. This excellent thriller manages to combine social observation and political comment. We also meet a whole host of vulnerable, proud people reduced to doing almost anything to survive. A film that sheds light on dark places and practices.
Sergio Trasatti Award (Frears) Venice Film Festival 2002
ALFS Award, London Critics Circle Film Awards 2003

Critics

“Directed with Frears' habitual professionalism and sensitivity”

Wally Hammond, Time Out