Categories this film falls into:
Foreign - England
Just a Damn Fine Film
beautiful people (1999)
A comic collision of chaos and coincidence.
My friend Ed and I wanted to get together and see a movie - neither
of us were excited about anything that was at the theaters at that time.
A friend of his suggested we should see Beautiful People. I hadn't heard
anything about it, so I agreed - then I read a review of it that said
it was about Bosnian refugees living in London. I thought to myself,
I don't want to see a depressing war movie.
But I went anyway and was completely blown away by the warmth, humor
and human-ness of this film. This is one of those films that makes you
glad you are alive and living in the world - people can be kind if you
just give them a chance.
THINGS I LOVE
of plots. Sometimes this can be a very dangerous thing to do. If you
have too many storylines going on at the same time, you risk losing
the audience. Not so with this movie. The characters' lives are all
intertwined and the switching from character line to character line
really works without making you go, 'now who is that again?'
The use of humor.
I was laughing more than I was crying in this film. And it wasn't this
big guffaw laughing like at a one-liner from some comedy - the humor
in this film is a little more delicate, a little more generous toward
the characters - you're laughing with them more than at them. To write
something like that takes talent.
The use of music.
Not many films leave you with the feeling that the world really can
be a nice place to live. Jasmin Dizdar's screenplay and filming is very
sympathetic to her
characters. Underneath, they're basically "good" people and
once they get past ignorance and intolerance and realize people are
people are people - it's fantastic.
The two guys
who are always fighting. You would think that after the first scene
this would get old, but it doesn't. Or at least, it didn't to me
Pero. Edin Dzandzanovic
is wonderful. I love the joy he finds in life - unabashedly going after
what he wants.
Dr. Mouldy. Nicholas
Farrell does a fantastic job. He is one of my favorite characters in
The nurse who
takes care of the 2 guys who fight all the time and the Welsh firebomber.
Her way of settling the men down by pointing out that they both wear
the same size shoe. This is really ingenious. Fantastic.
scene on the bus - our introduction to the two fighters. If you've ever
been on public transportation in London, you'll love this scene. Everyone
sitting so quietly, pretending not to notice anyone else, and then these
two guys start fighting. It's priceless. The music when the chase starts
breakfast. Reading the paper. Mom, Dad, Brother.
Dr. Mouldy trying
to get his twins ready for school - eating breakfast, getting dressed,
the pillow fight.
in the morning. His Mom coming up to his room to get him to sign the
to Pero. He's so happy. The coffeeshop scene is just heartbreaking.
The chase that ensues with Pero, the woman, the police woman and the
daughter watching the nature program in the morning.
decorating the cake and listening to the radio soap opera - and crying.
Dr. Mouldy to the room to talk to him about "no baby." She
keeps pulling on his sleeve and won't stop. He's so preoccupied about
his wife leaving that he is sort of oblivious. It takes a little while
for him to realize what she wants.
way that Ismet explains to Dr. Mouldy why they can't have the baby.
The film of Dzemila dancing in her wedding dress.
with foodstuffs in Bosnia. I was laughing out loud here. This is the
most far-fetched of the things that happens in this film, but that's
ok - it really is funny.
finding heroin in his room and calling in her husband. The two of them
trying to figure out what all the stuff is for is priceless.
The leg amputation
in Bosnia. Griffin coming to the rescue.
seeing him on TV. The looks on their faces - there is nothing like it.
It's such a great moment.
Dzemila and Ismet
in the cab ride to Dr. Mouldy's house. Driving from run-down to nice
neighborhoods. Their faces as they watch everything go by. Wonderful.
to Portia's family: hostility, toilet, piano, exotic. This is one of
the best, and yet one of the most excruciating, scenes of the movie.
accidentally sniffing the heroin. The music during this scene is fabulous.
She is hilarious.
Again, an example
of the tenderness of this film - Griffin and the little Bosnian boy
at the pub and at the hospital.
Pero's speech. The uncomfortable reception by the party-goers.
celebration. The dancing. The music. Wonderful
The card game
in the hospital - nurse and her wards.
The end credits
shown against the backdrop of Dzemila's wedding day dancing. This so
beautiful. So beautiful.
This is London
Transport. We don't behave like that in this country. - bus driver
Do you want a
sausage roll, sweetheart? - Felicity Midge
Don't ask me
love. I'm not a bloody philosopher, am I? - coffee shop woman
You can't eat
and talk at the same time. You can suffocate. - Portia
Where's my mummy?
- Tim and Tom
is beyond rational explanation. It's not environmental obviously and
it's not genetic. We have humane civilised genes on both sides. He the
... the what? - Roger Midge
War, what war?
Do you know what's
extraordinary? You both have exactly the same size feet. Isn't that
extraordinary? - nurse
gone mad. - Tim or Tom
Thank you very
much for your hostility. - Pero
Pero, I am personally
very much against ethnic cleansing. - Portia's brother
You are here
to heal. So start healing. - nurse
Leg stays. Bosnia
goes. - Jerry Higgins
If life works
out just a tiny bit in your favor, it can be beautiful, just beautiful.
- Dr. Mouldy