Dirty Pretty Things
|Keywords||Abandonment, Acculturation, Anesthesia, Developing Countries, Doctor-Patient Relationship, Empathy, Freedom, Grief, Human Worth, Loneliness, Love, Medical Ethics, Memory, Ordinary Life, Pain, Physical Examination, Physician Experience, Poverty, Professionalism, Racism, Religion, Sexual Abuse, Society, Suffering, Surgery, Survival, Technology, Trauma, Urban Violence|
Frears presents a stark portrayal of London’s underbelly, a place where everything is for sale--at a price. It is a world in which most people tend to ignore or overlook: prostitution, illegal immigrants struggling to survive, illegal activities, humiliating circumstances, and most centrally, black market organ transplantation. "We are the people you don’t see." Information age technologies mix with greed and desperation to depict an engrossing and sordid narrative about real-life events occurring in places beyond the ordinary purview. This modern day thriller brings audiences to the edge of their seats as they witness harrowing and very believable accounts of marginalized members of society deprived of basic human dignities.
The story is complex but two characters dominate, a doctor from Nigeria (Chiwetel Ejiofor) now reduced by harsh circumstances to several menial jobs including taxi driving and hotel clerking, and an illegal chambermaid from Turkey (Audrey Tautou) whom he befriends and assists. She lives in constant danger of humiliation, exposure, deportation. Their paths cross in a hotel where both work, where "johns" are served by prostitutes, and where illegal and sloppy surgical procedures are employed to harvest kidneys from desperate donors.
|Commentary||The film can be used as a powerful tool in ethics classes for talking about abuses of power, cultural complexities, ethical dilemmas, and much more.|
|Leading Actors||Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou|
|Studio||Produced in Great Britain; distributed by Miramax in U.S.|
|Running Time||97 minutes|
|Miscellaneous||Screenwriter: Steve White. DVD, video available March 23, 2004.|
|Annotated by||Nixon, Lois LaCivita|
|Date of Entry||01/19/04|