Joss Barratt
Owen Gleiberman
July 04, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Brick Lane

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
102 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/20/08
performer
Tannishtha Chatterjee, Christopher Simpson, Satish Kaushik
director
Sarah Gavron
author
Laura Jones
genre
Drama

We gave it a C+

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. In the 1980s, Nazneen (Tannishtha Chatterjee), a beautiful teenager, is sent from her native Bangladesh to London for an arranged marriage. Sixteen years later, she is stuck on Brick Lane, the East End immigrant district, with a husband (Satish Kaushik) who rages away at the Anglo culture that won’t invite him in. Nazneen endures his bad moods with a passivity that becomes a bit infuriating, since she barely seems a participant in the life that oppresses her. C+

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