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Brick Lane [DVD] [2007]

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  • Actors: Tannishta Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson
  • Directors: Sarah Gavron
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar. 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z9ECSC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,060 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Brick Lane, adapted from Monica Ali’s much-lauded novel, is the compelling and thought-provoking story of a Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen Ahmed, who is forced into an arranged marriage as a teenager. Separated from her beloved sister and sent to live with her husband in a run-down housing estate in east London, Nazneen’s carefree childhood seems far away. She has two children with her obese fantasist of a husband and the daily grind of housekeeping becomes increasingly difficult to tolerate when the family are harassed by an elderly money-lender.

The demure Nazneen sees the potential for some independence in making jeans for dashing market stallholder, Karim. Gradually the two become embroiled in each other’s affections and Nazneen has to decide where the best balance between duty and happiness lies.

The novel, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, makes an effortless transition to the screen in this well-handled adaptation from director Sarah Gavron. Tannishtha Chatterjee (Nazneen) offers a confident and articulate performance and other leads are skilled in expressing the characters’ multi-faceted layers. --Vivienne Arkley

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This film is a 2007 adaptation of Monica Ali's popular book. I have never read the book so cannot comment if it follows closely. It tells the story of one woman, Nazneem, as she travels from her native Bangladesh to London for an arranged marriage and subsequently struggles to find her place both within her family and her community.

It's a totally captivating look at life in Brick Lane from the late eighties to the early 2000's as Nazneem must cope with a fast changing world, in which everything she had thought was certain falls away. At times humorous, at times moving, at times serious comment on our society, this is a film which has a lot to say but is never preachy. It has some great characters, especially Nazneem's larger than life husband, and is so well written and acted that they never feel like caricatures, but real people.

I loved this film. It entertained me and made me think. It's a rare film that can do both these days. 5 stars.
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This film is lovely to watch - the childhood scenes in Bangladesh particularly so. The film successfully makes you, as an audience, relate to Nazeen whilst also empathizing with the other characters in the film.
As with all films adaptations I wouldn't recommend watching this soon after reading the book - due to the nature of film they can't capture the depth of the novel. It is a bit of a slow burner so I wouldn't recommend this for action lovers. This is great for anyone wanting to see a beautiful and well executed piece of drama.
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Having read the book, I decided to buy the DVD, expecting it to at least stick to the story in part if not in all, but I was quite disappointed with it. The book is very powerful, and I know that films cannot encompass all the elements but, despite knowing this, I still felt a little let down. The actors are first-rate, and the photography is also very well-shot. As the wife of an Asian myself, I could empathise with some of Nazneen's thoughts although I am not Asian. My advice to anyone who wants to experience the fullness of Monica Ali's powerful book, is just that - buy the book.
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I liked this film. Watched it with my teen daughter and although the film is dark and rather sad we both enjoyed watching it. 4 stars rather than 5 because I didn't feel uplifted after the film. I do recommend it though
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"Brick Lane," is based on the acclaimed first novel by Monica Ali, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize. Director Sarah Gavron, screenwriters Abi Morgan and Laura Jones, and the entire cast have done a beautiful job of bringing this wonderful story to life on the big screen.

The film opens revealing the brilliantly colored panorama and lush landscapes of a village in Bangladesh. Two girls, sisters, are laughing and running, playing hide and seek in the sunshine. Then something goes terribly wrong. It quickly becomes apparent that the girls' mother does not share their happiness.

Flash-forward 20 years...the oldest of the two girls, Nazneen, (Tannishtha Chatterjee), is now a married adult, living with her husband and two daughters in a cluttered, drab East End flat in Brick Lane, the Bengali enclave of London. The comparison between the vibrancy of her early life and the colorless, claustrophobic existence which is her life now, is shocking and oppressive.

At the age of seventeen, Nazneen was forced into marriage with a man old enough to be her father. She was told that he is an educated, prosperous man. Her main concern was that he lived in England, far away from her beloved sister, Hasina. In reality, her husband, Chanu Ahmed, (Satish Kaushik), may be literate, but he is also a pompous lout, fat, balding and seemingly oblivious to the realities of everyday life. He appears to have no common sense, but does possess a ridiculously inflated ego. He thinks of himself as a frustrated intellectual. Although not a cruel man, Chanu rules the roost with an iron fist. And the dutiful, obedient Nazneen complies with his every wish. She is powerless to control her fate in the culture in which they live.
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Thankfully I have watched this film before, and sort of remembered the ending. I bought this second hand from the seller, who obviously didn't check the dvd's quality, and the last scenes of the film continually kept freezing. Superb film if you get a decent dvd.
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The DVD quality was good and not a bad movie. However I would not really recommend it. Too many ads going on for wayyyy too long in the beginning before the film starts which you are forced to watch !!!
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I decided to watch this film just on the recommendation of one TV review, and was not disappointed. Yes the story was light and to be honest, one which has been told many times before, but it was filmed with sympathy and accuracy. One or two charachters were in danger occassionally of being a little one dimensional, but the film always pulled back before this became too much. The main crux was the clash of different viewpoints and responces to one muslim family, in the wake of 9/11, but it was more than that. Each individual had their own story, their own personal demons and secrets, and as the story unravelled, these interacted on each other, via the central charachter of the mother, I was firghtened for individuals, happy for them and ran each mile with them in turn. I cannot say that for too many films, but this one was a surprise, and well worth watching. I would recommend it to anyone, give it a go.
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