My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Original Title : My Beautiful Laundrette
Director : Stephen Frears
Writer : Hanif Kureishi
Genre : Drama
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Tim Bevan , Sarah Radclyffe
Music : Stanley Myers
Ludus Tonalis
Photography : Oliver Stapleton
IMDB ID : 0091578
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poster for "My Beautiful Laundrette" by Stephen Frears (1985)
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) - Stephen Frears


¬Saeed Jaffrey Nasser
¬Roshan Seth Papa
¬Daniel Day-Lewis Johnny (as Daniel Day Lewis
¬Gordon Warnecke Omar
¬Derrick Branche Salim
¬Rita Wolf Tania
¬Souad Faress Cherry
¬Richard Graham I


My Beautiful Laundrette is set within the Asian community in London, during the Thatcher years, and displays those values, of money but 'anybody can make it.' Omar gains the running of his Uncle Nasser's laundrette. He is helped by his friend Johnny who is an outsider, white but not entirely accepted by either the white or Asian Londoners. There are many memorable characters: Tania, Omar's cousin whom he might marry. Salim the manager of Nasser's garage and sometime drug importer. Rachel, Nasser's white mistriss, who like Johnny seems to be another outsider. The interaction of these people gives a comic insight into their world and makes a very refreshing film.


Kureishi at his best Johnny and Omar live in a world of multiple cogenerating, coexisting, modifying, negating, enforcing and enhancing forms of discrimination -- racism, sexism, groupism, homophobia, cultural elitism, snobbery, reverse colonialism, neocolonialism and fascism -- which they successfully grapple and topple in the form of their launderette with the power of economic enterprise. These squabbling goblins are left to each others excesses as economic success lifts them up and out of these, but many questions remain: will they remain, would others succeed, what does luck have to do with it? Kureshi has pissed off all groups who find themselves part of this smashing satire, prime among them the identity conscious confused second/third generation Subcontinental British kids, the same contingency that staunchly supported the Rushdie fatwa. Brilliant and stupendously enjoyable.
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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) - Stephen Frears