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What holds it together are the subtle loving performances by Tabu and Khan, both Bollywoood stars. They never overplay, never spell out what can be said in a glance or a shrug, communicate great passion very quietly.
It is a saga told in small pieces, a patchwork of short scenes that tumble after each other almost apologetically, as if they would love to linger a little longer, but there is too much to tell and only so much time in which to do it.
The Namesake ambitiously reveals the gains and perils of assimilation, and it heightens awareness about how difficult it can be to strike the right balance between family demands and personal development.
Though the film seems hurried in the last half hour -- most likely to get as much of the book covered as possible -- it still maintains a loveliness bridged by these two generations of Gangulis, whose disparate life experiences cannot bond them.
There's elegance in the cinematography and pathos in some of the performances, but the script lacks structure. The movie shuttles between life events, more a snapshot collection of episodes than a cohesive character study.
A saga of the immigrant experience that captures the snap, crackle and pop of American life, along with the pounding pulse, emotional reticence, volcanic colors and cherished rituals of Indian culture.
The Namesake takes in a lot of territory, and at times is too diffuse, too attenuated. But the actors are so expressive that they provide their own continuity. They transport us to a realm of pure feeling.
Combines the intimate pleasures of a family saga with a finely sustained inquiry into the difficult balance between separation and integration that shapes the lives of first-generation immigrants and their children in crucially different ways.
The Namesake combines the intimate pleasures of a family saga with a finely sustained inquiry into the difficult balance between separation and integration that shapes the consciousness of first-generation émigrés and their children.