Thursday, April 13, 2006

#2: My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Perhaps the most overtly political film in my top 5, Stephen Frears directs a social commentary on the immigrant experience during the height of Thatcher's England in the 1980s. It is very much a film of its time but somehow it does not seem very dated. Daniel Day Lewis is perhaps the greatest actor of his generation and he demonstrates here a gentle warmth as the outsider English teenager who helps out his asian friend Omar in renovating his uncle's Laundrette and turning it into a profitable business, and in the process they fall in love. A warmly told story populated with some great performances this still remains as one of my favorite films of all time.


At 2:35 PM, Blogger Kamikaze Camel said...

God I love this movie. That scene where Daniel just pushes Omar (i can't remember the actors name) against the wall in the shadows and makes out with him was excellent. I think i rewatched that scene about 20 times before going back onto the movie. lol.


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