Total Film - 11/01/2007 3 stars out of 5 -- "Monica Ali's best-selling novel about life in London's Bangladeshi quarter gets a sensitive treatment from director Sarah Gavron, deftly condensing its sprawling narrative without sacrificing colour or texture."
Empire - 10/19/2007 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The] well-drawn characters help make this an involving portrait of a community whose patriarchal traditions are under threat."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2007
"BRICK LANE is an interior story about a personal journey of self-discovery..."
Box Office - 04/01/2008
"Chatterjee gives a warm, supple performance..."
Ultimate DVD - 04/01/2008 4 stars out of 5 -- "Quietly powerful, thanks to the restraint of its cast and the strength of its ideas, BRICK LANE is a gentle giant that will hopefully introduce a whole new generation to Ali's great novel."
USA Today - 06/27/2008
"A sensitive and occasionally poetic film, BRICK LANE is an absorbing tale of personal empowerment and emotional growth."
Adapted from Monica Ali's acclaimed debut novel, BRICK LANE is a poignant study of Islamic identity and the power of personal liberation. The film begins with a teenaged Nazneen and her sister sharing a simple but idyllic life in rural Bangladesh. But when their melancholy mother commits suicide, Nazneen is married off to Chanu (Satish Kaushik), a portly older businessman living in London's East End. There, Nazneen (Tannishtha Chatterjee) is relegated to a deferential domestic existence in the Islamic household she shares with Chanu and their culturally assimilated daughters (Naeema Begum and Lana Rahman). But when Chanu quits his job out of pride, Nazneen's efforts to bring income into the house lead to an affair with the charismatic Karim (Christopher Simpson). Their forbidden love is put to the test when the terrorist attacks of 9/11 polarize the world and compel Karim to become an Islamic activist. With Karim proposing marriage and Chanu pushing to move the family to Bangladesh, Nazneen must choose between marital obedience, following her passions, or forging her own path of independence. Director Sarah Gavron brings a graceful sensitivity to her first feature-length film, finding a noble beauty in the plight and emancipation of the film's heroine. Critically lauded in England, BRICK LANE is a moving personal saga of faith, family, and the struggles between and within cultures.
A young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen, arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home for an arranged marriage and a new life. Trapped within the four walls of her flat in East London, and in a loveless marriage with the middle-aged Chanu, she fears her soul is quietly dying. Her sister Hasina, meanwhile, continues to live a carefree life back in Bangladesh, stumbling from one adventure to the next. Nazneen struggles to accept her new lifestyle, and keeps her head down in spite of her predicament, but she's soon forced to confront her dreams when the hotheaded young Karim comes knocking at her door.
Based On A Novel |
London, England |
Love Triangle |
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