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My Beautiful Laundrette [DVD] [1991] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE, directed by Stephen Frears, is a highly innovative and fantastical exploration of marginalized cultures in Thatcher-era London. Set in the Pakistani community of South London in the 1980s, the film focuses on two youths, friends from schooldays. Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a working-class white whose friends belong to the National Front, a fascist group whose members extol "white power" and bash immigrants. Omar (Gordon Warnecke), a homosexual Pakistani, lives with his leftist father who spends most of his time in bed drinking. Omar's wealthy uncle, Nasser (Saeed Jaffrey), is determined to give one of the family a (small) step up, and at first gives him a lowly garage job, and then hands Omar a rundown laundrette. Omar and Johnny become lovers and decide to convert the laundrette into "a Ritz among laundrettes," a gaudy, neon-lit storefront called "Powders" complete with aquarium, video games, potted plants and piped classical muzak. Johnny looks upon the laundrette as a lifeline on which to salvage his self-respect, while Omar sees it as just the beginning step on the long road toriches. A thoughtful and innovative portrait of modern contrasts in class, race, and sex, this film defined a generation of Londoners.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1002734

  • Credits
    Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Gordon Warnecke, Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Critic Reviews
    "...One of the most delicate and touching love scenes in contemporary cinema....Unemphatic, guileless, easy, touching and unashamedly erotic..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Rude, wise, vivid social comedy....[Lewis gives] a performance that has both extraordinary technical flash and emotional substance..."
    New York Times

    Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1986"
    New York Times

    "...With the superb Jaffrey and Seth as linchpins, the cast is extraordinary..."
    Los Angeles Times

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