Gorgeous cinematography and the examination of the timely question "Where is home?" make this a film worth watching. The film, based on the best-selling novel by Monica Ali, about a woman trapped in an arranged marriage and living in isolation in a foreign country is a compelling watch.
A young woman living in Bangladesh is ripped away from her family for an arranged marriage and is hauled off to live in London. Nazneed (Tannishtha Chatterjee) does not question her role in life, but knows she will miss her beloved younger sister and her homeland.
Nazneed's new life consists of living within the four walls of her flat in London. Her marriage to the much older Chanu (Satish Kaushik) is basically a loveless one. Though she does not let on, Nazneed feels as if she is dying a little bit with each day that passes.
Her younger sister Hasina (Zafreen) continues to live a carefree life at home. She moves on from one adventure to the next, but keeps in touch with Nazneed through her frequent letters.
Trying to make the best of her life while being an obedient wife, Nazneed's resolve is tested when a young man named Karim (Christopher Simpson – Code 46) knocks on her door one day. He offers her a job sewing and then offers her a window to a whole new world.
Post-9/11 the world has become a place where transplanted people are seen as a danger and because they feel that distrust they, in turn, feel less and less like they fit in. It is a dog chasing its own tail kind of problem. Stories like Nazneed, unfortunately, are becoming more and more common.
Plenty of honesty, great acting by the lead actress and raw feeling make this quite a poignant watch. It might open a few eyes and hearts about what is happening to people all over the world.
I told myself that I would not even go into the repressed woman aspect of the film, what with the arranged marriage, a wife being isolated in the home and a wife expected to do whatever her husband wants, but it is bigger than me. Hopefully a film like this will also open the eyes of females of a younger generation who believe that women have achieved equality to men. It is not the case for most of the women of the world – women in most cultures are still treated like second class citizens.
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