Brick Lane: Defining Love

10 10 2010

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1 hr. 45 min.
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%, 6.2/10

Brick Lane isn’t the most heart wrenching movie. Nor is it one that will ever be known for its amazing cinematography or genius plot-line. But after several weeks, I find myself still remembering the main theme of the story–that there are different kinds of love. The love of quickly blooming passion, and the love that starts off weak and grows a little more each day.

The story is about Nazneen, a woman who moves to the U.K. from Bangladesh and finds herself having to adjust several times, first to the British culture, then to her new and much older husband, and finally to a post 9-11 U.S. where foreigners are viewed with suspicion.

But again, all of these cultural themes appear only a setting for Nazneen to discover herself and love. In a British culture where passionate love is often considered a mandatory element of good marriages, Brick Lane makes us take a step back and reconsider whether that is truly love at all.

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