Excellent movie, well worth watching. Wonderful sub plot which mirrored the main theme. It was a difficult time and in the end the Director did capture the overall plan to "divide and conquer". Scenery was grand and I cannot believe the number of extras.
Very interesting movie. I know very little about this event other than it did happen so will assume it is a decent portrayal of how things happened. This seems like it is such a huge subject that it would have been better to try to go with 8 or 10 episodes rather than 100 or so minutes. That is not nearly enough time to go into any depth at all on such a big subject.
Similar viewing experience as lavasushi who commented on Feb 18, 2018. On the other hand, the film began with the quote: “History is written by the victors.” And for this Hollywood/BBC film, written by its writer, director and producer Gurinder Chadha. Like to add that the only confirmed truth were the suffering of the people and those newsreel footage of real historic events and peoples in that momentous year 1947.
A somewhat clinical film exploring how the UK went about granting India independence a short time after the end of WWII. The land was divided into two countries, India and Pakistan. A million citizens died in the skirmish of the people as they fled to the country they wanted to be a part of.
Interesting subject, grand production, but trite and simplistic in its treatment of history.
This was a random choice for me and what an education I received. Despite knowing just enough about his time period to be dangerous, I now realize how little I really comprehended from other films or history books. Religion, a mean, hateful endeavor upon one's fellow human. Everyone thinks their belief in 'god' is the only path and this shows otherwise. Humans simply cannot live in peace with one another.
Wow. Not a warm fuzzy for the cold, calculating, passing the buck, conquer, rule then flee, British. I enjoy these kinds of films because I am unfamiliar with what happened. I understand it’s not a documentary, but Pakistan’s formation was very difficult and this story was told by someone with family involved. Important and somber showing the division by deep religious and cultural differences proves no easy undertaking.
I’m not buying the love story part though.
Interesting true story. Later in life Mountbatten was blown up on his yacht by the Irish terrorists.
Enjoyed watching this movie, drags on at some parts, Gillian Anderson does a wonderful trun as Edwina Mountbatten, characters of the staff could be better developed, it was more their stories then about the Mountbattens.
Moving, powerful movie.
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