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A young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneem, 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, continues to live a carefree life back in Bangladesh, stumbling from one adventure to the next. Nazneem 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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 99
- Fresh: 65
- Rotten: 34
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Adapted from the 2003 Monica Ali novel, Brick Lane is one of those feminist cries in the dark in which the heroine, a saintly sufferer, is more admirable than interesting.
Fresh: A sensitive and occasionally poetic film, Brick Lane is an absorbing tale of personal empowerment and emotional growth.
Fresh: Well-acted and grounded in reality.
Fresh: Brick Lane is a grown-up movie. It recognizes that there are different kinds of love and that some of them don't involve happily-ever-afters.
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A Different Kind of Love Story
This movie was compelling to watch as a woman finds love in more ways than one. I found it more factual than fantasy and enjoyed the story line. A woman sent off to marry who finds herself lost in a world that is not hers. She soon finds interest in another and the ending is unexpected but she finds happiness and herself.
Great Story of a woman's journey. Great visuals too.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2009
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