Based on Monica Ali's best selling novel, Brick Lane tells the story of Nazneen whose life is turned upside down at the tender age of seventeen. 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. Nazneen submits, as she must, to fate and devotes her life to raising her family; 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.
My advice- read the book!
- Brick Lane review by Kurtz
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“Brick Lane” is a fair attempt at bringing Monica Ali’s brilliant, sprawling novel to the screen; at its heart is the heroine’s efforts to make sense of her life as she is uprooted from rural Bangladesh and plonked into an arranged marriage to an older man in a grim East London tower block. In the novel, Ali is able to make use of numerous sub-plots to broaden the canvas, while the film concentrates almost exclusively on the marriage of Nazneem and her blowhard husband Chanu, which leaves us, like Nazneem, stuck in her flat most of the time watching the world go by. There are good performances all round in the film, but it only provides a hint of the delights that the novel offers.