The Namesake, Mira Nair’s film of Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel, takes globalization-for most of us no more than a concept dealt with in newspaper editorials-and turns it into something concrete, sensuous, funny, and dramatic. The purely economic aspects are there behind the scenes, but in the movie’s foreground are emotional discontents, family fissures, farcical developments, and, above all, the shakiness of identities in a shrinking world....
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