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Partition (2007)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 13

A disappointing melodrama focussing on the partition of India and Pakistan. Strange cross-culture casting doesn't help the pedestrian script and direction.

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A disappointing melodrama focussing on the partition of India and Pakistan. Strange cross-culture casting doesn't help the pedestrian script and direction.

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In a time when India and Pakistan are being torn apart, true love still manages to take root despite the fear and intolerance that blights the troubled landscape. The year is 1947, and as India and Pakistan are split into two separate states the rivers run red with blood. Gian (Jimi Mistry) is a Sikh and former soldier who risks his life to rescue young Muslim Naseem (Kristin Kruek) from a rampaging mob. As this unlikely pair begins to realize their true feelings for one another, the bond

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Apr 8, 2008

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (13) | DVD (3)

The period reconstructions are impressive but the script and direction are a little pedestrian.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Partition doesn't add many new ideas to the mix, but the deep colors and complex textures supplied by Indian-born cinematographer-turned-director Vic Sarin seem to embody the intensity of his boyhood memories.

March 27, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Where the film stumbles is the script, overcrowded with bits of business and scenes that lean heavily on the symbolic.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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[Director] Sarin was aiming for an epic and arrived at episodic. That might have been okay if the episodes weren't so partitioned from each other, the flashbacks failing to illuminate the present action.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Set in the years surrounding independence in India, this slightly melodramatic film has a strong emotional kick that manages to bring both the romance and the religious-political situation vividly to life.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

In short, Partition is a watchable slice of melodrama that's worth seeing for the performances of the three leads.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

It is, however, watchable throughout as a document about the individual human tragedies that the advent of Partition threw up.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

If feeling alone were the benchmark of great art, Vic Sarin's film would be considerable, but the screenplay is desperately poor and the direction leaden.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

The film is breathless, big-canvased and scored for big emotions: a pavilion of the heart and senses threatened only when characters open a flap to let in anachronistic dialogue or the giveaways of cross-culture casting.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Sarin acts as his own DoP and the lensing is unsurprisingly ace, but he's at a loss when it comes to injecting pace and tension. Bollywood's Gadar told the same story better in 2001...

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Mistry and the Canadian-born Kreuk deliver workmanlike performances even if the film has the feel of the Sunday night TV movie.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Dull historical epic set during the Indian massacres of 1947.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

But this is a film that lumbers under its epic ambitions and at nearly two hours long - with some awkward plotting to boot - scenes drag, grand and momentous, but crushing anything so fragile as human feelings.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

It's the taboo and tender romance between Mistry and Kreuk that will shift the serious tickets.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A brave if earnest attempt to articulate historical issues that remain pertinent.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

More melodramatic than momentous.

September 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Since the story didn't draw me in too much I frequently found myself admiring the intricate scenery instead.

October 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Calgary Movies
Calgary Movies

Disappointing simply because it is so close to being outstanding; we're left with a sense that some key scenes explaining the characters' motivations are missing.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Bloated, melodramatic and unbearably tedious.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

Partition is big and ambitious, but the storytelling gets too close to melodrama too often. The film is clunky, the acting fairly wooden; Neve Campbell seems to struggle with her English accent.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for Partition

Partition is an absolute masterpiece in cinematography, with a compelling continuing story of emotions, historical cultural divide,the human need to love and be loved regardless of the events of the world around us.
A masterpiece in independent film-making, the director Vic is an absolute master of his art, through the medium of film he has bought alive the mainly forgotten and least problems of the situation on the India and Pakistan borders. His actors are pure actors from the heart and take us on a unforgettable journey as the story unfolds. A worth to watch.
July 1, 2009
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Daisy Maduro

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An ultimate love story with a tragic ending, but so beautiful and endearing. It's very well written and the acting is superb by all the cast, and I absolutely love this movie.
July 3, 2008
donnarenee2006

Super Reviewer

A beautiful movie!! Great story plot about two individuals who fall in love, and marry, in India during 1947. One is Sikh and the other Muslim, this movie follows their story together. Jimi Mistry stars in this drama, it is definitely fantastic to see him in a film once again. Kristin Kreuk and Neve Campbell co-stars in this amazing movie, and both are phenomenal! Great scenery, beautiful music.
April 22, 2008
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