Tuesday, October 14, 2003

movie review: dirty pretty things

last but not least, we did go out one night. it's a good well paced and acted thriller. it was interesting to watch a british film filmed in London where there was only one or two actual native "English" people playing a part.

the characters are all immigrants of one country or another trying to make their way in the big city. the two main characters, and african and a turkish woman, are illegals, and have to dodge the coppers on a couple of occassions.

The African, Okway (sp?) -- who we discover is a doctor originally from Nigeria -- works two different jobs, and sleeps little, pursuing chess in a morgue with a Chinese friend when he is not working.

One night at his hotel job he makes a discovery that is to change his life in london. As he uncovers the reasons behind his discovery, his hotel boss, Mr Juan, methodically traps him into doing something he really does not want to do.

The story isn't without it's flaws, but it is well told, and all the acting is great. Mr. Juan is particularly insidious. Okway though really carrys it all...


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