Partition (2007)




Critic Consensus: 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 between them helps to heal the tender wounds of war. But what chance does true love really have against the destructive force or religious zealotry?
R (for some violent and disturbing images)
Classics , Drama
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Jimi Mistry
as Gian Singh
Kristin Kreuk
as Naseem Khan
Neve Campbell
as Margaret Stilwell
John Light
as Walter Hankins
Irrfan Khan
as Avtar
Madhur Jaffrey
as Shanti Singh
Lushin Dubey
as Mumtaz
Chenier Hundal
as Zakir Khan
Jesse Moss
as Andrew Stilwell
Arya Babbar
as Akbar Khan
Jaden Rain
as Vijay
Chenier Hundel
as Zakir Khan
Rajesh Khera
as Arjuna
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Critic Reviews for Partition

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | September 11, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 27, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Where the film stumbles is the script, overcrowded with bits of business and scenes that lean heavily on the symbolic.

February 2, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | February 2, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 11, 2008
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review… | September 11, 2008

Audience Reviews for Partition

"Partition" aims to address a major world history event in the 1950s through the microcosm of story between two lovers: one in Indian Sikh man, the other a Pakistani Muslim woman. The event and the setting look fresh, but the acting and the chemistry all seem a bit odd. Nonetheless, it is always a delight watching the beautiful Indonesian Canadian actress Kristin Kreuk (who also plays Lana Lang on the TV series "Smallville") on the screen, and only her presence turns the movie into a somewhat decent watch.

Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus

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.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

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.

Donna Dawson
Donna Dawson

Super Reviewer

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