Brick Lane
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Director Sarah Gavron and screenwriter Abi Morgan team to adapt author Monica Ali's award-winning novel about a young girl from Bangladesh who finds the spark in her soul slowly fading after traveling to London for an arranged marriage. As a child, Nazneen (Tannishtha Chatterjee) was always told that she was a survivor. Now, as a young adult, she must contend with the sudden death of her mother. Her father arranges her marriage to a man she has never met, and she gets shuttled off from her quaint village to a working-class neighborhood in East London, as the bride of Chanu (Satish… 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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