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  • Summary: A group of diverse Indian friends and two men after one woman is torn apart by the 1947 partitioning of India. The woman in question (Das) is a nanny who is, with her eight-year-old charge (Sethna), insulated by her Parsi family's wealth and neutrality from the violence erupting around her.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Even blood, spilled so freely, has a distinctive intensity of red in this beautiful and harrowing film.
  2. Both visually and emotionally, a panoramic picture; Mehta wields a master's hand as she weaves together vistas of urban and pastoral India with thoughts on the nature of man as it keeps cycling out in the specifics of history.
  3. An extraordinary movie on many levels.
  4. It's a passionate, beautifully mounted film -- but the agenda she sets for herself is too large and the conflicts she portrays too complicated to be illustrated in a single drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Hurls its Holocaust at us in a series of justifiably horrific images.
  6. Telling things through the eyes of a spoiled, precocious, troublemaking 8-year-old narrator is both an overdone device and not a particularly engaging one.
  7. 40
    Mehta feels compelled to twist the screw, shamelessly plying her audience with mawkish tropes wearing the garb of "innocence."

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. ArielS.
    May 1, 2006
    Fire, brimestone, and terror reign in this movie.

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