A sensitive and occasionally poetic film, Brick Lane is an absorbing tale of personal empowerment and emotional growth.
Though it focuses mostly on one woman's story, the film, based on Monica Ali's 2003 novel, also is a portrait of Bangladeshi Muslims in the East End of London.
Sometimes a bit slow, Brick Lane is saved by the excellent lead performance of Tannishtha Chatterjee as Nazneen. Her face and gestures speak volumes.
Satish Kaushik, who plays her husband, takes what initially seems like a one-dimensional role and gives it heft. Initially the character comes off like a buffoon, but as the tale unfolds, he grows more sympathetic, which culminates in a poignant conclusion.
The two young actresses who play Nazneen's daughters (Naeema Begum and Lana Rahman) give strong, natural performances as well.
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