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Dirty Pretty Things

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, disturbing images and language.
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Crime Thriller
Length:
1 hr. 47 min.
Year of Release:
2002
USA Release:
January 27, 2003 (festival)
July 18, 2003 (limited)
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Relevant Issues
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rape victims’ stories

shame and rape

refugees and immigrants

illegal immigration

illegal drugs

language barrier

organ theft

thieves in the Bible: theft, robbery, the two thieves

stealing

Morning After Pill

murder in the Bible

death

blackmail

justice

justice of God

the final judgment of God

loss of virginity

prostitution

sexual exploitation

sexual abuse

venereal diseases

genital mutilation

mother daughter relationship

father daughter relationship

husband wife relationship

Featuring: Audrey TautouSenay Gelik
Chiwetel EjioforOkwe
Sergi López … Sneaky/Juan
Sophie Okonedo … Juliette
Benedict Wong … Guo Yi
Kenan Hudaverdi … Cafe Owner
Damon Younger … Punter
Paul Bhattacharjee … Mohammed
Darrell D’Silva … Immigration Officer
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Director: Stephen Frears
Producer: BBC Films
Celador Films
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Distributor: Miramax

“Some things are too dangerous to keep secret.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Okwe, a kind-hearted Nigerian physician, and Senay, a Turkish chambermaid, work at the same West London hotel, a locus of drug dealing and prostitution run by Senor Sneaky. When Okwe discovers a human heart blocking a toilet in a just-vacated room, he uncovers something far more sinister than just a common crime.”

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Movie Critics
…an exciting but brainy, cross-cultural thriller about modern London and life in a contemporary urban pressure cooker, and it depends more on plot, character and atmosphere than it does on chases and gunfire…
—Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
…stirs mystery in social commentary… smart direction, give the movie a gripping edge, both as biting social commentary and as a pulse-pounding mystery…
—Margaret A. McGurk, The Cincinnati Enquirer
…Despite its provocative title… “Dirty Pretty Things” doesn’t crackle with intensity. Although the film delves into an interesting topic—black marketeers trading in human flesh—the approach is far too clinical… it’s definitely more dirty than pretty.
—Bill Muller, The Arizona Republic

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