100 Discs of Christmas #14 – Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

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Stephen Frears has been responsible for some of the most interesting British films of the last half-century. Not all of his films have been successful (artistically and/or financially), but he never fails to offer the audience a range of interesting characters leading fascinating lives.

This 2002 feature, co-funded by the BBC and Disney, is one of his stronger works, and looks at the lives of illegal immigrants in London. Chiwetel Ejiofor is excellent as the main protagonist, an hotel-worker and taxi driver who has feelings for his Muslim housemate (Audrey Tautou). It’s not always bright and cheery, but those who love good drama will relish this film.

Dirty Pretty Things (2002), directed by Stephen Frears, is released on blu-ray disc and DVD in the UK by Studio Canal, Certificate 15. 

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