Director Sarah Gavron and screenwriter Abi Morgan streamline Monica Ali's sprawling novel Brick Lane into a focused slice-of-life film.
But much of the time she felt good. . . . It was as if the conflagration of her bouts with Karim had cast a special light on everything, a dawn light after a life lived in twilight. It was as if she had been born deficient and only now been gifted the missing sense.
—Monica Ali, Brick Lane
MONICA ALI'S BRICK LANE is certainly one of the most acclaimed novels of the past few years. The 2003 debut was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and its author was named one of Granta's best young British novelists based only on an early manuscript. So it takes a particular act of courage to jettison much of Brick Lane's plot and many of its characters in an attempt to turn it into a normal-length feature film. In doing so, director Sarah Gavron and screenwriter Abi Morgan have
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