Wednesday, December 2, 2015

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Academy Awards, USA 1987

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Hanif Kureishi

Orion Classics
Directed by Stephen Frears
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)

The son of Pakistani immigrants is given the chance to manage a run-down laundrette in London. Together with his friend/lover, they transform it into a hip joint to wash your clothes. Along the way they deal with backlash from racist punk rockers and a rocky relationship with his family. Amiable comedy-drama is not afraid to incorporate controversial social issues, which are sadly still relevant today.

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