Director: Gurinder Chadha.
Starring: Michael Gambon, Gillian Anderson, Hugh Bonneville. UK/India 2017. 106 mins.
Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson play Lord and Lady Mountbatten, charged by King George VI to oversee the peaceful transition of power from Britain to the India it had ruled for 300 years. Set in the Viceroy’s House in Delhi, drama escalates as the Mountbattens struggle to manage both the hundreds of servants under their care and the conflicts that emerge over the birth of a newly independent nation. Hindu, Sikh and Muslim differences threaten to overwhelm them, and Edwina Mountbatten, in particular, finds her well-intentioned efforts often sorely misplaced. Co-writer/director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) has a deep understanding of the conflict which caused hundreds of thousands of deaths following the botched partition process, though the emphasis of her often deeply moving film is here on the Mountbattens’ personal lives.
Contains brief distressing images.
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