Dirty Pretty Things
2002 | Drama | 97 minutes | English
Olatokumbo “Okwe” Fadipe is a doctor. Because he is an illegal Nigerian immigrant in London, he must toil as a cab driver during the day and at night he is the front desk clerk in a hotel. After hearing about a clogged toilet from Juliette, a prostitute in the hotel, Okwe discovers a human heart is causing the backup. Meanwhile, Juan, the hotel manager, is running an illegal business selling immigrants’ kidneys in exchange for passports. After learning of Okwe’s past as a doctor, Juan pressures him to help with the removal of kidneys. Okwe refuses. Senay, an illegal Turkish woman seeking asylum also works at the hotel as a cleaner. She is fond of Okwe and allows him to sleep on her couch. However, after an inspection from the Immigration Service, Okwe and Senay hatch a daring plan to get two passports from Juan. In the final scene, Senay leaves for New York and Okwe calls his daughter to tell her he is returning to Nigeria.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 94%
- Metacritic Score: 78
Academy Awards: Nominated Best Original Screenplay (Steven Knight)
BAFTA Awards: Nominated, Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
London Critics Circle Film Awards: Winner, Best British Screenwriter (Steven Knight)
New York Film Critics Awards: Nominated, Best Screenplay (Steven Knight)
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An odd hybrid—part thriller, part social commentary, part quirky comedy—that adds up to something that’s entertaining, enlightening and highly original.
An intelligent and extremely well-made romantic drama that tells an intriguing story with economy and insight.
This film has a conquering spirit. The dankness is replaced by an optimistic blast of sunlight at the end, a contrast to the earlier lighting dimmed with human misery. Director Stephen Frears blasts away the blight, though he doesn’t have to restore Okwe’s dignity. It shines through from the start.
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