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Viceroy’s House

Sat Oct 14 @ 3:55
Sun Oct 15 @ 1:25

Drama / Biography
Runtime: 106 minutes
UK / India / Sweden
Rated 14A: coarse language, sexual situations
Starring Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville
Directed by Gurinder Chadha

Synopsis: For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. As the political elite took their seats to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted throughout the government and a catastrophic decision was taken with global repercussions. Partition, the decision to divide India and create the new Muslim homeland of Pakistan, led to the largest mass migration in human history. Viceroy’s House examines those events through the prism of both a marriage, that of Louis and Edwina Mountbatten, and a romance, that between a young Hindu servant and his intended Muslim bride.

At the end of this sprawling, passionate but generously non-partisan epic, a moving coda reveals the director’s personal stake in telling the story her way. You should stay for the credits. -NPR

Using the trappings of old-fashioned romanticism, Chadha envisions the cataclysmic upheaval of millions in the traumatic lives of a few. -Village Voice