Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Namesake

Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair) directed this adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel.

Newsweek's David Ansen hit a nail on the head: "There are times when you wish the movie was a mini-series. This is meant both as a tribute, for the Ganguli family is so engaging you'd be happy spending much more time with them, and an acknowledgment that a tale this expansive doesn't always fit comfortably within the constraints of a feature-length frame."

At times it seemed a little discontinuous, but it's one of those films that leaves you feeling you should call your parents, wondering what sort of impression you'll leave with your children, ruing the brevity of life. Films that manage to do that are worth seeing.


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