Sammy and Rosie Get Laid
Filmfest 2009

SAMMY AND ROSIE GET LAID is a Godardian advertisement - part utopian, part despairing - for a multiracial, pansexual, wide-open society. Like My Beautiful Laundrette, which originated its own style of poetic reportage, it defies categorization. You can't pin it down. And who would want to anyway? Kureishi and Frears, who this year also directed Prick Up Your Ears, have combined their talents to concoct a wildly ambitious, engagingly uneven movie that matches their vision of the world. You come out of it energized, ready to talk. Hal Hinson, Washington Post, 1987 The film is a frontal attack on the favorite fantasies of Anglophiles and the British themselves, who see the magical facade of London and ignore the inequalities and social crimes that are right underneath their noses. It is about specific people and the specific hell they inhabit - a hell that probably is meant to be somewhat prophetic, since not all of the horrors in this film exist (yet) in London. For people who love London and yet are thoughtful about it, this film is indispensable. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 30, 1987

tags: Feature film

Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Frances Barber, Claire Bloom, Ayub Khan Din, Roland Gift


Director: Stephen Frears