Debutant feature director Sarah Gavron has received a lot of good press for this effort. BAFTA and the London Film Critics Circle in particular have put her name forward in the ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ category for this story about the relationships between family members, immigrants and their new homelands.... More
Nazneen (Tannishtha Chatterjee), a young Bangladeshi woman, is forced to relocate to 1980s London due to an arranged marriage. Her life descends into loveless matrimony in an unfamiliar world she desperately wants to leave, while she struggles to accept the discontented existence that fate has bestowed upon her. That is, until local hothead Karim comes into her life. An affair ensues, one that forces Nazneen to confront the disparities between the realities of her new life and the hope for something better. Expect a tearjerker in a hostile racial environment.Hide
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This great film tells a wonderful story, has brilliant and subtle acting and directing, and is as realistic and compelling as a movie can be. So why does it often get a poor rating? Because it's way over the heads of (and too subtle for) film-goers who like to see action and suspense. This is one for genuine film connoisseurs, who will be entranced by the gradual development and multi-faceted characters as a very realistic life unfolds in the film.