Brick Lane

"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
"Brick Lane is about characters who have depth and reality, who change and learn, who have genuine feelings. And it keeps on surprising us, right to the end."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[A] quietly observant and quite beautiful adaptation."
- Steve Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Synopsis

At the tender age of seventeen, Nazneen’s life is turned upside down. After an arranged marriage to an older man, she exchanges her Bangladeshi village home for a block of flats in London’s East End. In this new world, pining for her home and her sister, she struggles to make sense of her existence – and to do her duty to her husband. A man of inflated ideas (and stomach), he sorely tests her compliance. Told from birth that she must not fight her fate, Nazneen submits, devoting her life to raising her family and slapping down her demons of discontent. Until the day that Karim, a hot-headed local man, bursts into her life. Against a background of escalating racial tension, they embark on an affair that finally forces Nazneen to take control of her life. Set in multicultural Britain, Brick Lane is a truly contemporary story of love, cultural difference, and ultimately, the strength of the human spirit.
Original Languages: English
Genre: Drama|World Cinema
Running Time: 102 min.
Year: 2007

CREDITS

CAST
Christopher Simpson (Karim)
Satish Kaushik (Chanu Ahmed)
Tannishtha Chatterjee (Nanzee Ahmed)
DIRECTED BY
Sarah Gavron

TRAILER

http://www.bricklanemovie.co.uk/

PHOTOS

Tannishtha Chatterjee as Nazneen in Brick Lane. Photograph by Joss Barratt. © 2007 Film 4, courtesy Sony Pictures Classics. All Rights Reserved.
Tannishtha Chatterjee as Nazneen and Satish Kaushik as Chanu in Brick Lane. Photograph by Joss Barratt. © 2007 Film 4, courtesy Sony Pictures Classics. All Rights Reserved.
Tannishtha Chatterjee as Nazneen in Brick Lane. Photograph by Chris Raphael. © 2007 Film 4, courtesy Sony Pictures Classics. All Rights Reserved.
Christopher Simpson as Karim and Tannishtha Chatterjee as Nazneen in Brick Lane. Photograph by Chris Raphael. © 2007 Film 4, courtesy Sony Pictures Classics. All Rights Reserved.
Left: Debjani Deb as Young Nazneen. Right: Kusimika Neager as Young Hasina. Photo by Holly Horner, © 2007 Film 4, courtesy Sony Pictures Classics. All Rights Reserved.
Director Sarah Gavron