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Brick Lane (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama | 11 July 2008 (USA)
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A young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen, 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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Sarah Gavron

Writers:

Monica Ali (novel), Laura Jones | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tannishtha Chatterjee ... Nazneen Ahmed
Satish Kaushik ... Chanu Ahmed
Christopher Simpson ... Karim
Naeema Begum Naeema Begum ... Rukshana 'Shahna' Ahmed
Lana Rahman Lana Rahman ... Bibi Ahmed
Lalita Ahmed ... Mrs. Islam
Harvey Virdi ... Razia
Zafreen Zafreen ... Hasina
Harsh Nayyar ... Dr. Azad
Abdul Nlephaz Ali Abdul Nlephaz Ali ... Tariq
Bijal Chandaria Bijal Chandaria ... Shefali
Mohammed Ahsan Mohammed Ahsan ... Meeting Chairman
Josh Ali Josh Ali ... Meeting Secretary
Raha Ahmed Raha Ahmed ... First Speaker at Meeting
Abed Hakim Abed Hakim ... Second Speaker at Meeting
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A young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen, 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, through letters to Nazneen, tells of her carefree life back in Bangladesh, stumbling from one adventure to the next. Nazneen struggles to accept her lifestyle, and keeps her head down in spite of life's blows, 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. Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | India

Language:

English | Bengali

Release Date:

11 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rendez-vous à Brick Lane See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£194,745 (United Kingdom), 18 November 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,124, 22 June 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,094,998, 9 November 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While Chatterjee is a native Bangla speaker from Indian origin, neither of the male leads are native Bangla speakers. See more »

Quotes

Nazneen Ahmed: [narrating] No one spoke of our mother's death... and I remembered her saying: "If Allah wanted us to ask questions, he would have made us men."
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Connections

Features Brief Encounter (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Leelabali
Vocals by Sangeeta Datta
Vocals and Flute [Indian]: Manickam Yogeswaran
Cello Solo by Laura Moody
Violin [Solo] by Alison Dods (as Alison Dodds)
Composed By Jocelyn Pook
(p) 2007 Jocelyn Pook Ltd.
© 2007 Universal Music Classics & Jazz
Published By Chester Music Ltd.
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I will now run out and buy the book!
6 August 2008 | by kimmerie-1See all my reviews

My sister, one of my best sources for literature that doesn't disappoint, told me that Brick Lane was one of her all time favorite books. I didn't get to it, but I did get to the movie.

After cinematically traveling to India via "Before the Rains" a couple of weeks ago, Brick Lane took me to Bangledesh. With continuous flashbacks to her home country, I followed Nazneem,a young Bangladeshi woman to the London ghetto in the early 1980's.

As was common in her culture, Nazneem left home at age sixteen to pursue an arranged marriage She has two daughters, who we meet as young teens, one of whom is as rebellious and difficult as any American teenager we've known (or been). Nazneem is dreadfully unhappy in her new life partly because she misses her sister back home. The other reasons have something to do with never having lived life on her own terms, losing her first born and a touch of early mother loss, too.

Let's just say that the different manifestations of love are examined in Brick Lane through the experience of Nazneem. How her heart opens and how she matures is unexpected. Without giving too much away, there is a drop dead gorgeous character named Karim who has something to do with it. Like a good book, and I suspect this is one, there are delicious surprises. Characters endear us in the end that we couldn't stand at first and others we admire, fall from grace. The story is rich.

So, I'll be getting my copy of Brick Lane by Monica Ali and will let you know how it measures up to this beautiful movie.

Weeks can go by without a worthwhile movie to see, but to have Before the Rains and Brick Lane in the same month. Now, that's a gift.


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