A simple human interest story.....but the excellent acting makes it believable and engrossing - the pull of family and culture and the familiar set against the chance and hope of a better life - especially for the children - and the conflict they face when they first visit their parents cultural roots
What a gentle people the Indians are according to this story. Great character acting and scenery.
Great movie, some of the accents made it a little difficult but overall well worth it. A beautiful story
A must see for those who enjoy serious filmmaking.Great job done by all concerned.
Brilliant, sad, moving, poignant
An excellent and moving movie. Depicted well the struggles of moving to a new country and cultural conflicts. Well acted
An enjoyable movie, makes you appreciate how hard it is to move to another country. I really enjoyed this story.
Incredibly mastered film showing the attitudes, changes and cultures across two generations and two countries. Builds very slowly, and is very 'life like'. Whilst worthwhile watch, warning that like life often is this is not a light or feel good movie.
Cultural conflict, so well done by director Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay and Mississippi Masala), here follows two generations of a Bengali family, the Gangolis who begin their married life in New York. Their son Gogol is given his name because of a near death experience that changed the life of Gogol’s father. However, the name becomes a source of embarrassment for the teenager until as an adult he reconciles his Indian roots with his Yankee upbringing. Similar stories have been filmed before, and viewers probably won’t be surprised by most developments. Also readily apparent is the film’s book origins; some key events over 30 years must be compressed into less than satisfactory length scenes. Still, humour, love, and commitment are heart winners.
A very well acted movie. A great depiction of growing up in a different culture.
I must have related... the film bought a tear to my eye.
Highly entertaining movie dealing with a couple from Calcutta who marry by arrangement and then move to NY to set up a new life. Great story, acting and photography. The extras are very good on this DVD also. Especially the "round table" master class with film students and the makers of this film. Highly recommended.
Very enjoyable movie. Lovely soundtrack. Great actors. I'd love to see Kal Penn do more serious movies.
I loved this movie, it appealed to me because of the different cultures involved and I could see the struggle that was going on in the different generations.
An emotionally and powerful movie movie that highlights the clash of cultures,
Possibly one of the best crafted movies of late. Depict an amazing journey across countries, cultures and relationship.
Worth Watching - Nice to learn new culture.
A great film set basically in the USA, with scenes from Calcutta, set around an Indian migrant family. The film explores many of the issues facing such families including the rediscovery of the importance of their family's culture by the US born children. The boys name is in some ways the link between the old and new culture and reflects the confusions and barriers for a migrant child.
At a Bengali family gathering, with the husband of their choice present, the daughter to be married cautiously joins them, asks a question, recites a poem, glances in his direction, approves and the match is made. Not an auspicious start to their life together you would think. They emigrate and in their new country make compromises and adjust to the 'American Way' but still hold to the essentials of their culture. Their tender and loving relationship with each other and with their two children as they grow up is touchingly portrayed, especially that between father and son. Very moving and beautifully shot, this movie is something special.
This is a very simple, unpretentious movie with an excellent story and great performances by the cast.
saw this one at the movies.one of those that didnt get much hype.i loved it .a real family with real emotions.i will watch again and add to my collection
For once a movie that was as enjoyable as the book, which it closely followed.
Quite a slow movie but absorbing. Interesting juxtaposition between two very differing cultures
most enjoyable, characters beautifully portrayed, would recommend you savour this movie when you have a spare 2 hours
l did enjoy this movie. It was great to see a different culture
Oustanding film. Beautiful story, masterfully told.
Very interesting mix of cultures and may recommend to non resident Indians.
I really enjoyed this movie, great insight into this colourful but somewhat backward culture. I loved the simplicity of the whole movie, shed a few tears as well..lol.
Good study of father son relationship and clash of cultures.Please take time to embrace this finely crafted film.