Brick Lane [DVD] 
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Brick Lane, adapted from Monica Alis 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, Nazneens 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 others 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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Brick lane was a great view my friends watched it with me really enjoyed it
It's a slightly disappointing adaption of the book. It's more of a TV movie.Published 7 months ago by Angel
Great drama I could relate too. Tells a lot about London and surviving the problem of migration from the perspective of the familyPublished 9 months ago by @narcsat