By ROBERT WALDMAN
History can be vexing. Truth be told normal Hollywood movies turn out not to be too impressive when it comes to revealing historical issues. Smart on all levels is Midnight’s Children, a monumental movie from Mongrel Media now sounding a responsive chord at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas, Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Cineplex Odeon Theatres around B.C. Worth seeking out, this controversial film in some quarters is insightful and masterfully presented on all counts.
Count yourself lucky if you caught this award winning movie at the recently concluded Vancouver International Film Festival. Fresh after receiving rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival soaring drama this tale of generations relates to two boys growing up in India.
History buffs will know that August 15, 1947 was the date of Indian independence. Long ruled by the British Midnight’s Children relates to the plight to two infant boys: one born into wealth, the other looking forward to a life of despair. Over time we get to see the impact that economic circumstances has on both males over time. Against this family intrigue fall different views of India, political, military and otherwise – and how each now grown man is faced with major decisions affecting their new found families.
Stark is the contract in lifestyles that Saleem Sinai and Shiva grow up in . Exceptional performances by Satya Bhabh and Siddharth focus on the passion and pain these two endure as their collective worlds gets rocked at numerous stages. Director Deepa Mehta has turned out a truly impressive and emotional look at post British India through the eyes of two diametrically opposed boys turned to men.
Subtle humour can’t mask the pain and tragedy of the growing paths of India and these two boys. Gorgeous cinematography of the Indian landscape fully captures the essence of this majestic land. Taken from the acclaimed novel by Sir Salman Rushdie Midnight’s Children is a soaring tale of privilege, poverty and hope. Not to be missed, this is definitely headed to a best foreign Oscar nomination and is truly one of the most heartfelt well-acted film of any year.