Brick Lane

2008

Brick Lane

Critics Consensus

Frustratingly slow-moving, but ultimately saved by Chatterjee's solid acting and Gavron's gentle patience.

68%

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Total Count: 102

60%

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User Ratings: 44,328
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The story of a beautiful young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen, who 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 own lifestyle, and keeps her head down in spite of life's blows, but she soon discovers that life cannot be avoided--and is forced to confront it the day that the hotheaded young Karim comes knocking at her door.

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  • Jun 19, 2010
    As a Westernised woman watching this film you really feel a sense of imprisionment and control the main character felt within the marriage and you really see the film through her eyes all the way through. It isn?t quite the story the synopsis explains it to be, which as it happens turns out to be a much better film because of it, it creates a gritty, realistic plot with the post 911 affects in the background story. A very enjoyable Drama with depth and perspective, I was reminded lots of the Color Purple whilst watching this film.
    Lady D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2009
    A very touching story about a Woman filled with Hopes and Dreams which are shattered in to thousand pieces later.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2009
    In "Brick Lane," Nazneen(Tannishtha Chatterjee) has been living in London for the past sixteen years since the suicide of her mother and an arranged marriage at the age of seventeen that brought her from her native Bangladesh. Her husband(Satish Kaushik) is an aging, overweight university professor up for a promotion who talks a lot, never letting his wife get a word in, and with the exception of a late scene, says little. Even with two teenaged daughters, their marriage is loveless and he is incensed when she brings in clothes to sew for extra money. More soap opera than feminist or political, "Brick Lane" is a slight, yet sincere and well-meaning, movie about the nature of national identity. The movie takes place in the recent past at a key moment in history when Nazneen has been in London long enough when any sort of culture shock has faded but still remains homesick for her native land where her troubled younger sister still resides and is torn between identifying as either Muslim or Bangladeshi. Both daughters, born in London, feel differently of course. To highlight the cultural differences, the squalor of inner city London with its racists cannot compare to the lush fields of Bangladesh.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2009
    <a href="http://tinypic.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i30.tinypic.com/hs3ss6.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> for sexuality and strong language. Brick Lane was a movie of a young Bangladesh girl, who send send to England to be in a arranged marriage. The lead actress did a good job with her facial expressions, the pain she was carrying, the loveless marriage she was in, all you could see from her face.She had a good relationship with her sister when she was in Bangladesh, and she missed that, so she kept contact with her through letters.The movie portrait the Muslim culture, keeping away the woman right towards man. I found it a beautiful movie that brought delicate issues to the viewer.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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