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Brick Lane
     

Brick Lane

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Director: Sarah Gavron, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson

Cast: Sarah Gavron, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson

 
Director Sarah Gavron and screenwriter Abi Morgan team to adapt author Monica Ali's award-winning novel about a young girl from Bangladesh who finds the spark in her soul slowly fading after traveling to London for an arranged marriage. As a child, Nazneen (Tannishtha

Overview

Director Sarah Gavron and screenwriter Abi Morgan team to adapt author Monica Ali's award-winning novel about a young girl from Bangladesh who finds the spark in her soul slowly fading after traveling to London for an arranged marriage. As a child, Nazneen (Tannishtha Chatterjee) was always told that she was a survivor. Now, as a young adult, she must contend with the sudden death of her mother. Her father arranges her marriage to a man she has never met, and she gets shuttled off from her quaint village to a working-class neighborhood in East London, as the bride of Chanu (Satish Kaushik), where she earns extra income via sewing. At first, the newlywed Nazneen does her best to be a devoted wife and loving mother. It's a lonely life, and as the pompous ineffectual Chanu does his best to fit into British society, the bored housewife finds herself increasingly drawn to Karim (Christopher Simpson), the hotheaded fellow who delivers pants to her door for various sewing jobs. The two lapse into an impassioned affair, but Chanu grows increasingly determined to marry Nazreen himself, especially as his own politics become more and more radical in the wake of 9/11.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2009
UPC:
0043396261716
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
67,336

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with director Sarah Gavron and actress Tannishtha Chatterjee; Interview with Sarah Gavron; Deleted scenes; Interview with Tannishtha Chatterjee and Christopher Sampson; Exploring Brick Lane featurette; Interview with Satish Koushik; Scene specific commentaries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tannishtha Chatterjee Nazneen
Satish Kaushik Chanu
Christopher Simpson Karim
Naeema Begum Shahana
Lana Rahman Bibi
Harvey Virdi Razia
Lalita Ahmed Mrs. Islam
Zafreen Hasina

Technical Credits
Sarah Gavron Director
Shaheen Baig Casting
Katherine Butler Associate Producer
Kirstin Chalmers Makeup
Christopher Collins Producer
Christopher Collins Producer
Uma Da Cunha Casting
Simon Elliott Production Designer
Paula Jalfon Executive Producer
Laura Jones Screenwriter
Abi Morgan Screenwriter
Michael O'Connor Costumes/Costume Designer
Melanie Oliver Editor
Alison Owen Producer
Jocelyn Pook Score Composer
Duncan Reid Executive Producer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
Robbie Ryan Cinematographer
Andy Shelley Sound/Sound Designer
Loveleen Tandan Casting
Paul Trijbits Executive Producer
Faye Ward Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Brick Lane
1. Chapter 1 [4:17]
2. Chapter 2 [6:50]
3. Chapter 3 [2:12]
4. Chapter 4 [1:32]
5. Chapter 5 [2:12]
6. Chapter 6 [3:29]
7. Chapter 7 [3:41]
8. Chapter 8 [5:36]
9. Chapter 9 [5:04]
10. Chapter 10 [1:15]
11. Chapter 11 [3:59]
12. Chapter 12 [3:20]
13. Chapter 13 [:44]
14. Chapter 14 [5:33]
15. Chapter 15 [2:07]
16. Chapter 16 [:40]
17. Chapter 17 [2:32]
18. Chapter 18 [5:48]
19. Chapter 19 [7:10]
20. Chapter 20 [3:02]
21. Chapter 21 [2:18]
22. Chapter 22 [:43]
23. Chapter 23 [4:59]
24. Chapter 24 [5:09]
25. Chapter 25 [5:23]
26. Chapter 26 [2:43]
27. Chapter 27 [:58]
28. Chapter 28 [8:18]

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Brick Lane 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
BRICK LANE is one of the more satisfying films about our remaining cultural identity crises. Based on the novel by Monica Ali and adapted for the screen by Laura Jones, this film flows through the lives of young Bangladeshi sisters - one married off to a successful older obese fellow countryman living in London and the other remaining in the family village. The story is at once sensitively private in its communication between the separated sisters whose sole communication is by letters, each longing for the other sister's advantages, and also woven into a public examination of how 'immigrants' adapt in a foreign country, absorbing all the idiosyncrasies of that new land and the altered perception of the world outside as it changes in dramatic ways.

Nazeem (the radiantly beautiful Tannishtha Chatterjee) is married by arrangement to the fat successful Chanu (Satish Kaushik): the two take up residence on the Brick Lane known as London's Little Bangladesh. Nazeem is a quiet and dutiful wife (longing for her sister and her village home), bears Chanu a son (who dies a crib death) and two daughters who comfortably are absorbed into the country of England, the only home they know. The aging Chanu is intelligent but fails to hold jobs, partly because of this outspoken behavior and in part due to prejudice of his employers. Nazeem longs to return to Bangladesh, but when she is required to take in sewing to aid the falling family coffers, she meets the young and handsome Karim (Christopher Simpson). The two fall in love and Nazeem struggles with her duties and moral obligations as a wife and mother and her surfacing realization of her own identity. The Twin Tower tragedy of 9/11 occurs and the people of London turn against the Muslims: Karim is an activist and defends the rights of his fellow Bangladeshi brothers, hoping to encourage Nazeem to join him and remain in London. Nazeem struggles between passion and duty and ultimately finds her own path - becoming a complete woman individual of mature mind. And the results of her growth spell out the ending of the film.

The cast is large and very fine, and the photography by Robbie Ryan captures both the childhood remembered magic of Bangladesh and the raw realism of life in London. The musical score by Jocelyn Pook enhances the changing moods of this touching and significant movie. Director Sarah Gavron has found the perfect balance to tell this story of love, family obligations, and the changes of the world events. It is a film well worth seeing multiple times. Grady Harp
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy films based in countries other than America, you may enjoy this story of a young lady learning the true meaning of marriage. Also, if you delight in seeing films about other cultures, this maybe one you would like to see. The storyline is well-developed and the protagonist is engaging. You will watch how her character changes with the various roles she must play throughout her young life. And see how she transforms into a person that is assertive. *Great DVD. *Enlightening. *Informative. *Educational.