I watched Brick Lane last night. Full disclosure: I haven’t read the book. I wanted to, I swear. Just never got around to it.
So I can’t offer book-versus-movie criticism, which doesn’t seem like such a big deal considering that everyone always says that “the book is better,” anyway. But I really enjoyed the movie.
This was the first film I’ve seen in awhile where the movie was solely about one woman, told solely from her viewpoint, and focused solely on her life. She told us about her childhood, we saw her neighborhood from her eyes. No one else told us her story: we knew what she knew, we saw what she saw. So often, women’s stories are told as adjacent to men’s, or by men, or by other women. But in this movie, we found out about Nazneen’s sister’s life when she did. We found out about her husband’s career and financial decisions when she did.
Here’s the trailer:
So, readers, what did you think? This is an open thread for your thoughts on the book, the movie, or both.