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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gordon Warnecke

Daniel Day-Lewis became the Daniel Day-Lewis for a reason, and it's because of his willingness to take risks. Before Brokeback Mountain made A-listers taking gay roles the thing to talk about, Day-Lewis, then relatively unknown, starred as Johnny, a punk who begins a secret affair with his best friend, a Pakistani man named Omar, who inherits a laundrette from his uncle. More than their forbidden relationship, the film deals with the tumultuous relations between white and Asian people under Margaret Thatcher-controlled UK. Street bawls, closeted kisses, racial slurs, and strict cultural customs complicate this crtically acclaimed film. TA

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