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The Buddha of Suburbia
The Buddha of Suburbia
Actors: Naveen Andrews, David Bamber, Harish Patel, Brenda Blethyn, Nisha Nayar
Director: Roger Michell
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Television
NR     2008     3hr 42min

Before Velvet Goldmine, there was Buddha of Suburbia. The coming of age story of Karim, an assimilated Indian in London during the swinging seventies. Winner of seven international film awards. Soundtrack by David Bowie.


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Actors: Naveen Andrews, David Bamber, Harish Patel, Brenda Blethyn, Nisha Nayar
Director: Roger Michell
Creators: John McGlashan, Kate Evans, Anna Kalnars, Kevin Loader, Hanif Kureishi
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Comedy, Drama
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/27/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 3hr 42min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Five stars - four hours went by too fast!
Kasey M. Moctezuma | San Diego, CA USA | 03/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie (miniseries, actually) remains on my top ten list of favorite films. The writing, the acting , the storyline, everything, just leaves me wanting to watch more (after four hours, that is saying a lot!). This film is inventive and captivating without a lot of special effects or high budget - it is just good. The basis of the story is the coming of age in 1960's London, of Kareem, (played by Naveen Andrews, from the English Patient) who is the son of and Englishwoman and Indian man. His place in English culture, in Indian culture, among his respective extended families on each side, as well as his place in life - exploring his career options, his [body], etc. - make this a thoroughly enjoyable experience. This movie is very entertaining and quite funny, especially when Kareem's ... father decides to jump on the East-West Hindu yoga and spirituality bandwagon of the sixties to make money. I just cannot describe all of the amusing and touching scenes from this film that make it such a gem. Very well made, and it has a very good soundtrack as well, featuring some good David Bowie songs. This film is a must-see."
Buddha of Erotica
umd_cyberpunk | MA, United States | 02/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wonderful BBC film adaptation of the Hanif Kureishi novel of the same name. The translation to the small screen worked well primarily because Kureishi himself co-wrote the screenplay.A satirical witty look at bi-racial issues in the teeming London (and its suburbs) of the 1970's. The film is unexperimental on a cinematographic level but carried brilliantly by a well writen screenplay and superior acting.Narrated from the perspective of a selfish young man, this is on the surface a tale of a suburban London youth trying to get laid and make it in the world.Issues of family and commitment are looked at with a subtlety that is refreshing in a world of films that often try to beat you over the head with their moralizations.Karim is confussed about the world around him (as young people all are) and trying to balance loyalty to his quirky family with the duality of his racially mixed background. All of this is set upon a backdrop of a young man trying to find sex and excitement and his place in the world."
Wonderful Movie
MarcG | Michigan | 06/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I loved it. Fantastic attention to detail with its 70's setting (Walnut Whip package, teenager room walls, the cars...) Humorous. Insightful, enlightening. Lovely how this care free-drifter type grows assertive and aimful after finding his niche in life. There is more to this movie then what is visually presented to you. Seemingly dynamic main character. I was sad when it was over, only because there wasn't a third tape to put in."
Superb acting by the Asian-Indian Al Pacino
Amos Lassen | 10/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie documents the struggle of Asian-Pakistani immigrants to Britain and how racism, culture and Britain in the 70s and 80s affected this family and the main character Kareem. In many ways this movie reminds me of a American movie Mi Familia that documents the life of a Mexican-American family throught the 70s to present day. It also shows that second generation people have many problems to encounter besides the usual racism and stereotypes. Naveen Andrews is a great actor and has done much for Asian-Indians all over the world. If you have an open mind watch this movie if not there's always the next blockbuster."