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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

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"The period reconstructions are impressive but the script and direction are a little pedestrian."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"[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."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"It is, however, watchable throughout as a document about the individual human tragedies that the advent of Partition threw up."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"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..."
‑ Naman Ramachandran, Total Film
"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."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"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."
‑ David Chute, L.A. Weekly
"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."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"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."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Mistry and the Canadian-born Kreuk deliver workmanlike performances even if the film has the feel of the Sunday night TV movie."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"It's the taboo and tender romance between Mistry and Kreuk that will shift the serious tickets."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"Where the film stumbles is the script, overcrowded with bits of business and scenes that lean heavily on the symbolic."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"In short, Partition is a watchable slice of melodrama that's worth seeing for the performances of the three leads."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"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."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Dull historical epic set during the Indian massacres of 1947."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A brave if earnest attempt to articulate historical issues that remain pertinent."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
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