S1, E3: Conspiracies emerged and truths backfired in the series, Broken! (spoiler alert)

I am reviewing S1 E3 of the BBC series Broken. This episode was especially tense and we got an insight into Father Micheal’s flashbacks.

My Thoughts

He had a troubled education – he was mallestered by his english teacher, Father Matthews. He has had trouble in his past taking advantage of girls and it makes me wonder if it was because of his teacher?

It seemed like those who ran the church and took of advantage failed Micheal, yet he still went to God as a priest. He had to face Father Matthew’s sooner or later and when he did, Father Matthew’s was very dismissive of the claims and stated “you enjoyed it”. I felt very sorry for Father Micheal as he didn’t get the apology that he deserved.

Father Micheal was also fighting with his guilt over Vernon’s message. It was like a song in his head that he could not get out – one with a memorable addictive tune like crazy frog.

We also were introduced to a police man who was at the scene when Vernon was shot. He was advised to tell the truth by father Micheal. However the female coworker Dawn, who sprayed on a young boy and lead to his death threatened the police officer to lie. His story did not match up with the other officers and he was angry that she got away with killing a young boy.

All of his family and friends were put against him – peer pressuring him to change his account of the death. He was understandably angry and infuriated that he, the truthful one, was shot down by those who lied. I just wished that he could help and be the officer to allow his mother to know the truth.

Last Note

It was tense, gripping and I had my heart in my chest and I just hoped that Dawn would admit really happened to Vernon. It was so sad to think that someone telling the truth was grated down to the point of lying.

We saw a vulnerable side to Father Micheal in this episode and relived his childhood memories of his unsavoury education. How is he support to help others when he is struggling himself?

Star Rating

Based on my review, I would give the episode 4 stars!

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If you like the review or the series and would like to have your say, please contact me!

Until the next review…..

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Viceroy’s House: A true story about the creation of Pakistan and the difficult decisions behind it (Spoiler Alert!)

This newly released historical/drama film has a well acclaimed cast including Hugh Bonneville as Louis Mountbatten, Gillian Anderson as Edwina Mountbatten and  Michael Gambon as General Hastings Ismay.

The plot

Viceroy’s House centred around the last british ruling over India in 1947 –  1948.  It gave us the impression that Louis Mountbatten genuinely wanted the best for India and believed that he was doing would be for the best of the people. What I am referring to is the split of India, along the gulf coast, in order to create a new Islamic country, Pakistan.

They came into power to help smoothen the transition of ownership back to India, after India had been ruled under Queen Elizabeth for three centuries.

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Lord Mountbatten (middle in grey suit) with Edwina Mountbatten (right) and their daughter (left). They are pictured with all the staff who worked in the house. 

The “Mountbatten Plan”

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Lord Mountbatten (middle) with Kumar (left)

Lord Mountbatten was faced with a difficult task of convincing other leaders of the best solution and negotiating something that could help India rule on its own. He knew of the conflict and tension between the Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus, and as none of the leaders could agree, he understood the importance of a partition. While he felt it was better to have a united India, seconded by Gandhi who stated that “divisions do not create peace” and that “partitions unleash passion not peace”, a partition was the only way that he could get the leaders to agree.

The plan implemented by Lord Mountbatten was not a new idea and had been originally considered by Churchill in 1945 when he was in power. While this seemed good, the real reason for the split of India became a strategy for political gain and easy access to oil supplies in the Gulf Coast. The idea of splitting India was not in Churchill’s opinion to reduce conflict, it was to exploit resources and influence a smaller and less powerful country. Lord Mountbatten was shocked by the discovery and in contrast to Churchill, firmly believed that the split was for the best of the people.

Those who wanted to stay united as India were faced with the realisation that their home was changing and those who wanted change in the form of  a new country, Pakistan were excited to start a new life. Families were torn apart by the events – forced to choose Pakistan or India? Riots took place and even after this creation of a new country, there was still famine, suffering and death. Was this just the start?

Star-crossed lovers

Aalia, a young muslim girl, set to wed a young man after he got back from serving in the army, had hidden feelings for a young hindu named Kumar. With their religious beliefs, it was frowned upon for them to be together and when it was finally time to stay in India or move to Pakistan, he was heartbroken. She left with her husband to be, and her father, whom Kumar had cared for while he was in prison for marching with Gandhi.

He had lost the love of his life, and much like Romeo and Juliet, their relationship was not meant to be. He thought he had lost her for good after the night train she was on was bombed. He fell to the ground, crying and it was like a piece of his heart had been broken. Not only had he lost his family in the riots, but he had lost Aalia.

Aalia was a strong girl and was rescued from the train track. She was found by a women after she was pushed off by her father, saving her from the explosion. Her father and future husband died. She was taken to the camp in India where Kumar was helping out. She saw him but he did not see her – she was desperate and she grabbed a microphone and called his name. He was about to leave when he heard it and as soon as he did, he ran. He loved her and despite her leaving him for the train, he still wanted to be with her. Their embrace was golden – I cried and I am not afraid to admit it, because it was so beautiful after everything they had been through.

All good intentions

The Mountbatten family agreed to stay after Pakistan had become independant and help with food supplies and first aid. They tried their best to combat the effects of the partition and sent in humanitarian aid and water. They truly loved the country and tried to provide as much support as they could.

Despite their good work, people suffered – 14 million people were displaced in the largest mass migration they had ever seen. 1 million people died because of disease, famine and riots.

My Thoughts

This film was directed by the cousin of a women who was taken into camps when migrating to Pakistan , and then later reunited with her family, so it had a personal touch to the director and her loved ones.

The film depicted how much Lord Mountbatten and his family cared about India and the people. The themes of religious tension and rioting in the film brought to light how hard the decision was and that it was a double-ended sword, for whatever decision they made, there would be deaths.

I found the film moving and emotional, but really… we will never know if the film was showing a more forgiving side to the British, than they may have been at that time.  The additional story line and love plot was a nice feature and seemed to pad out the film, distracting us from the damage that Britain had caused from taking India over in the first place.  In my opinion, the film was good but seemed more like a cover-up.

Let me know what you think of the review and the film. I would love to hear what you all think.

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Scorsese’s message is definitely not Silent…Its loud in importance!

The film is not for the faint hearted! It is heartbreaking and gruesome at times! Despite this, It was hard to look away. Martin Scorsese directed this 2016 film and he did a good job of it. The plot includes main actors: Andrew Garfield as Sebastião Rodrigues, Adam Driver as Francisco Garupe and Liam Neeson as Father Cristóvão Ferreira

The plot

Silence was based in Japan in the year 1633. At this time, Christianity was unacceptable and supporters of this religion andGod were told to “stand on a picture of their god”, and they would be set free. If they didn’t they would be tortured or killed.

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Father Sebastião Rodrigues (played by Andrew Garfield)

Silence was a film following two priests (Father Sebastião Rodrigues and Father Francisco Garupe) who travelled to Japan to rescue Father Ferreira, who was rumoured to have surrendered his religion of  christianity and stayed in Japan. The two priests went to find him,  entering Japan, with a high risk of being caught and killed because of their beliefs.

They wanted to spread the word of Christianity and support Christians who were hiding from the Japanese. They came across a group of Christians who prayed in secret and hid God memorabilia. This did not get past the Japanese authorities and slowly they were picked and killed.

An iconic, if torturous scene included the death of three men. They were tried to crosses in a low lying rocky area by the sea. Slowly, as the water rose throughout the night, they drowned with one man surviving for four days. He spent his last day singing a happy tune whilst being battered by the waves.

Of the group of Christians the Padres met, a few gave in to the pressure and sinned on multiple occasions. They stepped onto the photo of their God, when asked and sinned. Father Sebastião Rodrigues and Father Francisco Garupe, however kept their faith and continued to help others. This was at the expense of others lives, as the padres’ belief in Christianity fueled the religion and members died as a result. They had both watched their followers die and as much as they wanted to get involved, it was their choice to stick to their values. They felt guilty and horrified by the scenes of torture and death.

Father Sebastião Rodrigues and Father Francisco Garupe (the padres’) split up as they were wanted by the Japanese, with a money reward for bringing him in. Father Rodrigues was found by one of his Christian followers who handed him to the Japanese for the money incentive. At this time he was unaware of where his fellow padre was, Father Francisco Garupe.

He was taken as hostage and offered a choice. Padre Rodrigues could save all the hostages if he goes against God and Christianity or they would be killed. He refused to betray God and they suffered. He felt guilty but he knew that if he gave up, than other Christians would not have anyone to believe it.

Whilst he was being imprisoned, Christians were still being killed. A group of Christians refused to defy God and stand on the picture of him. They were taken away and just as Padre Rodrigues felt glad, he heard an awful scream and to find a head of one of his followers rolling on the ground. They had chopped off all their heads in front of their family friends.

Padre Rodrigues was escorted to a beach, but not for a relaxing time out. The japanese bought a group of Christians and attempted to wrap them in a wooden rug. They then put them on a boat and stopped in a deep area in the sea. One of these victims was his fellow padre Francisco Garupe. One by one they pushed the victims off the boat where they were drowned and and pulled down by the weight of the wooden rug. Padre Francisco Garupe went over the save them and stop them from drowning and as a result of this he was held down in the water, drowning with the other victims.

Sebastião Rodrigues was angry, upset and trying to fight through the group of men who were blocking his path – they stopped him from saving his friend and followers. She was made to watch it all and live through the horror of it in his head. He was taken back to the camp and slept badly, visualising his friend float in the water.

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Father Ferreira before he defied Christianity and remained in Japan.

Later on in his imprisonment, he met the very man he was coming to find.. Father Ferreira who was not the same man he thought he knew. He was studying astronomy and wiring a book unmasking Christianity. He no longer believed in God, Christianity and had adopted a Japanese name and attitude. Father Ferreira had to been presented with the pressure to defy God and stand on the picture… he did.

People were still dying because of him… was he right to stick to his faith or should be surrender?

He had completely lost his faith and had realised that God was not answering his calls. It was just… silence.

When presented with the opportunity again to support or defy God, he made a decision to go against his God. He fell to the ground and cried… he had sinned and had deserted his friends and followers.

In 1941, he was now living in Japan, alongside Father Ferreira and in this time he wrote a book on the lost priests. He married a dead victims wife he lived a long life. He died at an old age with no attempt to pray or plead to God. He was buried the Buddhist way and was laid to rest. But that they did not know was that inside his hand, that was clenched, laid a figurine of God.

All those years, he was following Japanese values, but inside he still loved God and stayed by him at his death.

Your can view the full trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqrgxZLd_gE .

Recommendations

This  film was long, approximately 159 minutes but it was two and a half hour of passion and grit. Following your religion is one thing, but following it, knowing that it is hurting others is another. The nice thing to remember is that although Padre  Rodrigues chose to follow Japan, he still believed in God and died peacefully, holding the lord in his hand.

You may enjoy this film more than you think.

Bye for now.