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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.]]>
- Commentary by writer and director
- David Bowie music video
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect adaptation of the Kureishi novel complete with a David Bowie soundtrack. Never released in the U.S. but now available on DVD. Highly recommended.Published on October 23, 2013 by Jim Keener
i did not like the choice of actors, most of them are far too old for the characters they represent. some were far better in other films. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Kuno Schneider
I liked this series. It was a good snapshot of that time period. Seeing Naveen Andrews at such an early time was a treat. Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by just me
As a great fan of the novel, it's difficult for me to understand such rave reviews of Naveen Andrews in the role of Karim. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by ZAPMAMA
A surprising series from the BBC that comes to us from the rather distant time of 1993, but that speaks of the 1970s, the time of punk and the beginning of Margaret Thatcher who... Read morePublished on October 27, 2008 by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU