Brick Lane

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Released 2007

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Director:
Sarah Gavron
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
Brick Lane is a 2007 drama directed by Sarah Gavron. Based on a novel by Monica Ali, the film follows Nazneen Ahmed (Tannishtha Chatterjee), a young woman from Bangladesh. In the 1980s, Nazneen has to leave the world she knows behind and travel to London. In addition to struggling with homesickness and cultural differences, Nazneen is not in the United Kingdom for pleasure. Instead, she is here on business; she is the promised bride of Chanu (Satish Kaushik). Chanu is older than Nazneen and she does not feel any love for her husband. Nazneen mostly stays inside her flat, passing the time however she can and dreaming of a rich, vibrant and independent life. Through letters from her sister, Hasina (Zafreen), Nazneen is constantly reminded of the carefree life she could have led. The years slide past without much change until Nazneen finally has a chance at love and excitement, started by an unexpected visit from a clothing worker (Christopher Simpson).moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Certainly touching, even heart-rending at times, and it mostly steers clear of the didacticism and sentimentality its subject matter often invites. But it never takes the full meas...

  • 70

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Monica Ali's elegant and critically trumpeted debut novel, Brick Lane, about the travails, conflicting emotions and quiet liberation of a Muslim woman in London, is a far lesser th...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Jan Stuart

    Brick Lane has been whittled down from Monica Ali's expansive 2003 novel into a glossy but overly efficient drama that, like Nazneen's husband, is ultimately too ineffectual to mak...

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