Okwe, a kind-hearted Nigerian doctor, and Senay, a Turkish chambermaid, work at the same West London hotel. The hotel is run by Senor Sneaky and is the sort of place where dirty business like drug dealing and prostitution takes place. However, when Okwe finds a human heart in one of the toilets, he uncovers something far more sinister than just a common crime. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
Greetings again from the darkness. Veteran director Stephen Frears has added another film of his to my list of favorites. He already had "The Grifters", "High Fidelity", "Dangerous Liasons" and "My Beautiful Laundrette". Now comes "Dirty Pretty Things", a lousy title, but wonderful film. The lead, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Okwe, is not an actor I am familiar with, but it is apparent from his first scene that he is a tortured soul, whose rivers run deep. Audrey Tautou ("Amelie") seems miscast as a Turkish refugee, but she does a very nice job in allowing us to feel her desperation to see the NYC "lights in the trees". Tautou could become an outstanding actress and major star if she improves her English. She has very expressive eyes and is appealing whether dolled up or toned down. However, the best part of this is the bad guy, played here by Sergi Lopez. He is slick and just oozes evil. Listening to him rationalize his actions is downright sickening. This film takes a dark, disgusting subject matter and makes it a very interesting ride with no unnecessary gore, and a touch of wonderful humor.
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