Dirty Pretty Things


(out of 5)

is excellent as a Nigerian doctor working as a bellhop and taxi driver in London who, while working his hotel job, cleans up a bathroom and finds a dead human heart jammed in the suite’s toilet. Further investigation leads him to the discovery of an underground organ-trading business, one in which illegal immigrants are giving their kidneys to the hotel’s ruthless manager () in return for falsified government documents. Ejiofor tries to stay out of the mess altogether, but when the Turkish chambermaid (a beautifully vulnerable ) for whom he cares deeply gets involved, he must act quickly or face dire consequences to both of them. Stephen Frears’s direction is at its best in this gritty drama, one which plays like a thriller but is actually a serious, dramatic examination of the harsh conditions that visible minorities suffer in speedy, swinging London. The photography is terrific and the film’s last third is satisfying and uplifting without being manipulatively pat-happy or forced.

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United Kingdom, 2002

Directed by Stephen Frears

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 2003

Toronto International Film Festival 2003



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