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Brick Lane

Based on the best-selling novel by Monica Ali

It was one of the most celebrated British novels in years, and it opened a window on a community that lives in plain sight but is seldom understood by outsiders. Now Monica Ali's Brick Lane has been brought to the big screen in an adaptation as insightful and moving as the story was on the page. In the film's breathtaking opening scenes, Nazneen (Tannishtha Chatterjee) recalls her childhood in Bangladesh. Her villagehad an idyllic beauty, but its oppressive social landscape sent her mother to seek her own death. Nazneen is married off to a man she has never met and flown to London's Brick Lane neighbourhood to meet her new husband. Although she is told to be grateful for having married an educated man, she still finds Chanu (Satish Kaushik) a callous stranger. Cursed with a need to inflate his own importance, Chanu ignores his wife's needs and rattles on about dead philosophers while all she wants is a nice sari, some meaning in life and a man to see her truly for who she is. All this will come, but at a price. There is nothing like a dissatisfied woman to drive potent drama, and director Sarah Gavron makes the most of everything Ali's novel gives her. When Nazneen pushes to start her own sewing business in their home, it signals the beginning of her autonomy. And when the attractive young Karim (Christopher Simpson) walks in, it marks the beginning of danger. The seduction shared between Nazneen and Karim is as cautious as it is risky. Gavron balances these intimate moments against the increasingly tense atmosphere in Brick Lane as the tightly knit Muslim community reacts to the events of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath. Told with compassion, detail and fire, this is one of the great stories of our time. – Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival Trailer
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Directed by: 
Sarah Gavron
Running Time: 
Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson
Screenplay by: 
Laura Jones, Abi Morgan. Based on the novel by Monica Ali

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