Brick Lane

Adapted from Monica Ali's acclaimed novel, this intimate 2007 drama details the arranged marriage and motherhood of a Bangladeshi Muslim in London's East End. Tannishtha Chatterjee sensitively portrays the heroine, who takes in sewing after her foolish husband (Satish Kaushik) quits his job and plunges the family into debt. Her melancholy life is momentarily brightened by an affair with a much younger textile worker (Christopher Simpson), but after 9/11 his growing politicization threatens their future together. The movie is notable for its perceptive take on issues facing immigrants, and atmospherically photographed by Robbie Ryan (Red Road), but its flat, static quality belies the novel's richness. Sarah Gavron directed. In English and subtitled Bengali. PG-13, 101 min.

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