The Namesake

The Namesake

DVD - 2007
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The son of Indian immigrants born in America wants to fit in with fellow New Yorkers, but his family is unwilling to let go of their traditional ways.

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yontichat
Feb 27, 2019

This is a nice movie but the book was so much better - if you have time read the book - you'll enjoy it so much more

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lukasevansherman
Dec 18, 2018

With everyone talking about Asian representation this year (2018) because of the success of "Crazy Rich Asians," there should be renewed interest in this 2006 film based on Jhumpa Lahiri's novel and directed by Mira Nair ("Monsoon Wedding"). It too has an all-Asian cast (Okay, a few white people show up for a minute.), but didn't get quite the same acclaim. It's a family saga that perhaps would have better served by a miniseries, though it's well-cast, sensitive, and moving.

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spantell
Dec 29, 2016

I enjoyed the book a lot more. Thought this was too slow moving and did not like the ending.

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JudithE
Dec 03, 2016

A sweet nuanced story.

wendybird Sep 09, 2016

This is an Indo-American family saga, beautifully shot and extremely well acted. Anyone who has been caught in a generation gap, and/or a cultural gap will smile in recognition at the bored teenagers, puzzled & shy newlyweds, and the aging "aunties." Just a lovely film, celebrating the simple but precious moments of family life.

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pokano
Jan 10, 2016

A lovely adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's wonderful book of the same name. It's the story of an immigrant family's coming to, and growing up, in America. Although this family is East Indian, it is a story for all immigrants and their descendants.

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wiredonjava
Jan 27, 2015

I found the ceremonies of the Indian culture very comforting to the soul. I think this story was true to life.

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tenet
Jun 03, 2014

Rated 8/10.

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Bookworm39
May 13, 2014

I thought that this movie was very good. Being White I enjoy learning about different cultures and this movie give me some more insight into how it must be for some immigrants to come to Canada and live and accept our traditions without completely giving up their own.

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IV27HUjg
Jan 07, 2014

The culture difference seems huge to me, with no experience other than very casual, I struggle with understanding much of the Eastern concepts. This is rather slow & likely necessary to fully develop the characters & histories. I enjoyed it & will ponder various aspects for some time. The US girlfriend is shallow, self-centered & status driven, however the Indian one doesn't prove well developed either. I liked the closure for their lives. The spoken words were difficult for me to understand - wish I'd used subtitles.

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Sep 27, 2009

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