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Brick Lane

by DeAnn Welker June 18, 2008 11:20 am
I had never heard of Brick Lane. Turns out it's a Sony Pictures Classics film, based on the best-selling novel of the same name. (Is it wrong that I hadn't heard of that either?) From what I can glean from the trailer, it starts, like the fantastic The Namesake, with an arranged marriage in India that sends the bride far away from her family (this time, to London). But unlike The Namesake, this story is told from the woman's perspective. She leaves her sister behind and, through letters over the years, is inspired to eventually find love of her own -- outside of her arranged marriage. This has been a film festival pick but, so far, critics aren't praising it as highly as you might expect (although to be fair, it's still early and most critics haven't seen it yet). I think there is one safe bet, though: This will be better (and less offensive) than this week's much wider-release faux Indian film.

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