Set in Thatcher's Britain in the early 1980s, this story centers on Omar, a Pakistani boy who takes care of his alcoholic father and is given control of his uncle Nasser's laundromat. Johnny, a friend from school days who has hooked up with a racist punk gang and is rejected by both the Asian community and whites, reconnects with Omar and decides to help him turn the laundromat into a sort of disco washeteria. Though they become lovers, that part is handled matter-of-factly; the story centers on economic, racist, and family themes. Day-Lewis was well on his way to becoming a star after playing Johnny in this 1985 film, directed by Stephen Frears, who later did "Dangerous Liaisons," "The Grifters," and "High Fidelity."
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus
MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE was an early art film by Neil Jordan, the director of THE CRYING GAME and INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. It involves Johnny (Daniel-Day Lewis), a working class punk rocker from the south of London, and his Pakistani lover Omo. Both from the outskirts of society, they set about opening a discoteque-inspired laundromat: a symbol of their working class backgrounds and their hollywood-inspired dreams of greatness. The sharp contrast between Omo's wealthy immigrant family and Johnny's fascist punk gang, is overcome by a sweet, dreamy love story. A frothy confection that nevertheless examines painful insights into the fringes of European society.
The review of this Movie prepared by johnny d.