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FOUR-STAR FILM : 'London Kills Me'

March 05, 1995|Peter Rainer

Hanif Kureishi's 1992 directorial debut seems less resounding and more scattershot than his earlier scripts for Stephen Frears' "My Beautiful Laundrette" and "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid." But this film does suggest how street life can suddenly erupt into a carnival. At its simplest level, the film is about how Clint (Justin Chadwick, pictured, with Emer McCourt as Sylvie), a 20-year-old street hustler who takes his name from Mr. Eastwood, attempts to straighten out his life by getting a job at a trendy restaurant. But he needs a good pair of shoes to land it, and his mission to find them becomes a pretext for a series of picaresque escapades with his street-gang chums. (Bravo Saturday at 7 p.m.)

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