Brick Lane
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

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"Kaushik is remarkable as Chanu, a role that demands he be a buffoonish, yet loving man, intelligent beneath his self-aggrandizing attitudes, oversized ambitions and determined cheerfulness."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"[A] quietly observant and quite beautiful adaptation of the Monica Ali novel."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A blandly earnest coming-of-age story."
‑ Kevin Courrier, Boxoffice Magazine
"In Chanu, it creates an indelible protagonist. He thinks he is a man of ideas. He is a man who, when it counts, is full of common sense and uncommon feeling."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"Relative newcomer Chatterjee is a revelation as Nazneen. It's her character's predicament that holds our interest."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Small, intimate and achingly modern, Brick Lane is a lovely study involving both one woman's awakening and the inevitability of cross-cultural pollination."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"As the plot unfolds, it becomes apparent that director Sarah Gavron also finds attractive people more sympathetic, and this is Brick Lane's undoing."
‑ Peter Schilling, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Brick Lane is lovely to look at and the performances, particularly from Chatterjee and Kaushik, are delightful."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"As long as Brick Lane remains focused on Nazneen, it succeeds admirably."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Brick Lane, by director Sarah Gavron and Angela's Ashes screenwriter Laura Jones, is, like Mira Nair's film The Namesake, a heartfelt portrait of the new immigrant experience."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Brick Lane is a grown-up movie. It recognizes that there are different kinds of love and that some of them don't involve happily-ever-afters."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A warm bath in comfortable platitudes."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Despite the fine performances, Brick Lane comes across as a nice soap opera when it promised much more."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"... an intriguing and visually interesting film that in aggregate never escapes the genre ghetto. It is another immigration song, a glancing curiosity that never really penetrates our preconceived romantic illusions."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The slant is feminist, but the most interesting character is not the saintly and long-suffering wife but her initially ridiculous husband (wonderfully played by Satish Kaushik)."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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