Brick Lane DVD


"Brick Lane" is the story of a beautiful young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen (Tannishtha Chatterjee), who arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life

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10 March 2008
Optimum Home Entertainment 
101 minutes 
  • Average Rating for Brick Lane [2007] - 3 out of 5

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  • Brick Lane [2007]
    Jevon Taylor

    Brick Lane tells the story of a teenaged Bangladeshi girl, Nazneen, who is married to a slightly rotund man, Chanu, twice her age, and in London. Once in London her life, in contrast to that in Bangladesh, is dull, filled with domestic routine and confined to an East London flat. However, after years of tedium and with her daughters in school, Nazneen takes a job, from the dashing Karim. In contrast to her bungling wide-boy husband, Karim is seductive, and seduces her. And then it is 9/11 and the politics of the story kick in. There were several elements of this film that I liked. Interesting characters: a Muslim mother, who with increased independence from working, starts an affair with a younger man; her husband who could quite easily be one of Dell-boy"s contacts in Only Fools and Horses; and the slightly dubious, flirty male romantic lead, Karim. The acting was good, especially of Chanu. And I like stories rooted in the minutiae of real life. I also like them to comment on life and politics. However, here Brick Lane disappointed. It hesitated in both its portrayal and discussion of prejudice faced by Muslims after 9/11, and their reactions to it. You hear, but do not see, the Bangladeshi community being abused in the street. At one point the film shows a community meeting. But that is all. The lack of any brave, possibly controversial or new insight into British Muslim life undermined the whole film for me. However, there have been much worse films made in the UK in recent years, and I am sure that a whole range of people can take something from Brick Lane.

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Based on the prize-winning novel by Monica Ali, Brick Lane is the story of a beautiful young Bangladeshi woman who arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life. Nazneen's mother always told her she was a survivor, but trapped within the four walls of her flat in East London, and in a loveless marriage with the middle aged Chanu, she struggles to accept her lot. But she soon discovers that life cannot be avoided - and is forced to confront it the day that the hotheaded young Karim comes knocking at her door. Set against the changing backdrop of multicultural Britain, Brick Lane is a truly contemporary story of love, of cultural difference, and ultimately, the strength of the human spirit.

Moving adaptation of Monica Ali's award-winning novel about a young Bangladeshi woman who arrives in 1980s Britain to an arranged marriage and a new life. Trapped in a loveless marriage to a middle-aged man, newly arrived Nanzeen (Tannishtha Chatterjee) finds it hard to accept her new life, even more so when her sister back home still leads a carefree existence. Keeping her head down and trying to survive all that life throws at her, Nanzeen is soon forced to face reality when fate takes a hand in the shape of young, hotheaded Karim (Christopher Simpson).

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