Midnight's Children

Midnight's Children

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At the stroke of midnight on August 15th, 1947, as India declares independence from Great Britain, two babies are switched at birth by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. And so it is that Saleem Sinai, the bastard child of a beggar woman, and Shiva, the only son of a wealthy couple, are fated to live the destinies meant for each other. Over the next three decades, Saleem and Shiva find themselves on opposite sides of many a conflict
Publisher: [United States] : GoDigital : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Branch Call Number: Movie/TV Download
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 146 min.)) : sound, color

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akirakato
Jul 18, 2016

This is a 2012 Canadian-British film directed by Deep Mahta, based on Salman Rushdie's 1981 novel of the same name.
The screenplay is so ill-contrived that I can hardly believe the dramatic story at all.
Nobody makes a good movie out of a bad screenplay.
It would be much better if the director sticked to only the historical events.

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GypzyMizzP
Dec 20, 2015

This is a good movie! Good acting, beautiful people. A good recipe.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 29, 2015

At midnight, Great Britain gave birth to an independent India, and at the same time, many Indian mothers gave birth to their children. The film is based on Salman Rushdie’s novel, Midnight’s Children, a fictional account of the human children born along with the immediate birth of India and the subsequent births of Pakistan and Bangladesh. While some viewers wished the movie had moved along faster, I had the feel that the book should have been made into a 4 or 5 hour TV series. From the internet, I found that the original idea was to film a TV series in Sri Lanka, but the idea was shelved because of Islamic opposition. The great Hindi/Canadian director, Deepa Mehta, may have done the best she could in a 2+ hour film.

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0cho
Apr 30, 2015

I enjoyed this movie. Took a long time to figure out what the point is but it had a nice flow to things and very interesting to see life in India from different view points.

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firefly5
Jan 30, 2015

I found this movie very slow to get to the point of the movie. I gave up part way through the movie. Would not bother viewing this again.

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pl8
Oct 08, 2014

Some great books really are just unfilmable. Its not a terrible film but in no way does it capture the book. Magical realism can be translated into great films, such as "The Tin Drum" and "Like Water for Chocolate", but this film just didn't quite retain the voice and the feel of the book.

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Lola931
Apr 08, 2014

I also found the other comments interesting! My husband and I both enjoyed this movie, and found the storyline intriguing. We even said that it's amazing that someone could come up with such an in depth story. As for it being 'hard to follow' (as others previously stated), we found it to be unique and engaging. We do both enjoy 'out of the box' living, and like learning about other cultures, and found this movie to be different in a really good way.

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weavingheather
Feb 13, 2014

I usually like This directors movies and I watch it to the end but it was pretty hokey! Maybe the book is hokey as well. Never managed to read any of Rushdie's books. I'm not into imaginary people and witches.Visually great about India but a waste of time

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talktimereader
Feb 09, 2014

Having read to book first, I found the movie somewhat easier to follow. However the book remains the best storytelling to me.

When you read Rushdie's recent autobiography you are able to gain some interesting insight to this story.

d2013 Nov 12, 2013

This movie was confusing to me. Not quite what I expected. I did finish the movie but I found it hard to follow.

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