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Dirty pretty Things a film
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From: MW
Category: Films
Date: 02 January 2003

Review

Pretty bad illegal immigrant thriller/ love story. Weak on both fronts.I fears that Stephen Frears know less than it appears. Like a nightmare combination of all that's wrong with British films, except trainspotting. Neither filmic fantastic nor realistic enough. All the details, the look and feel of London, are slightly off and cheaply made or careless (the worst mistake is the ridiculous American style immigration police). You never feel any sense of being an immigrant in a hostile city, just that you're watching some actors following a bad script, that had to be livened up with a ludicrous organ stealing plot. No chemistry between the passport unstamped lovers either. A poor effort, misleadingly promoted as a gritty urban love story, but actually a tepid thriller.

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