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The Greatest Journeys Are the Ones That Bring You Home.
|American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.|
"...sensual, funny and quietly devastating. M.E. Russell, Portland Oregonian
"Brims with intelligence, compassion and sensuous delight in the textures, sights and sounds of life... Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Moving and marvelous new cross-cultural family saga. Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It's a tearjerker, sometimes, and sweetly funny at other moments. It's near perfect. Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
Editor's NoteLike her previous films VANITY FAIR, MONSOON WEDDING, and HBO's HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS, Mira Nair's THE NAMESAKE is a lush, beautiful film bursting with rich color and visual texture. Based on the bestselling book by Jhumpa Lahiri, the film follows two generations of the Ganguli family. After wedding via an arranged marriage, Ashima (Tabu) moves with Ashoke (Irrfan Khan) from her native Calcutta to New York. As Ashima struggles to adjust to life in her new home, a true love grows between the newlyweds. When they give birth to Gogol (who does not learn the true origin of his name until adulthood), the Gangolis decide to stay in American for their child's sake, settling in the suburbs and eventually giving birth to a daughter, Sonia (Sahira Nair). While Ashima and Ashoke attempt to balance their new life with Indian traditions, their children have the very different experience of being raised first-generation Americans. With little interest in their ancestry, both Gogol and Sonia disappoint their parents by having little respect for the sacrifices their parents made for them. Gogol's desire to change his name, and his relationship with a wealthy American girl (Jacinda Barrett), places a strain on the family which Gogol will later regret.Here, Penn proves he can play a serious role while still using his comedic skills to great affect. The actor shows impressive range in growing a clueless teen to a man his father would be proud of. Nair's skill at directing can be felt in the film's many great performances. Both Tabu and Irrfan Khan embody their characters so fully that the viewer really feels a personal connection to the story. As the head of the household, Khan's character will subtly make viewers laugh while breaking their heart. Packed with unique characters, THE NAMESAKE offers audiences an outlet into Bengali traditions and the immigrant experience while telling a universal story of family bonds which all parents and children should connect with. Nair excels in what is her most personal work to date.
The Namesake - DVD Review
By: Ed Perkis Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 11/30/2007 9:53 PM
|Despite its flaws, the beautiful photography, much of it shot on location in Calcutta, and fine acting by Kahn and Tabu make The Namesake a film worth watching. Director Nair has a flair for bringing together cultures and handling each point of view fairly. She simply tries to do too much and, unfortunately, moves away from a great character and performance to a less interesting one in the second half of the movie. ...read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Allyson C. Johnson - Editor|
|Frederick Elmes - Cinematographer|
|Jhumpa Lahiri - Based On Novel By|
|Lydia Dean Pilcher - Producer|
|Mira Nair - Director|
|Nitin Sawhney - Original Music By|
|Sooni Taraporevala - Screenplay|
|Stephanie Carroll - Production Designer|
|Suttirat Anne Larlarb - Art Director|
|Yasushi Kotani - Executive Producer|