MPAA Rating: PG-13
for thematic material and some sensuality
Runtime: 118 minutes
Directed by: Garth Davis
Cast: Dev Patel,Sunny Pawar,
Abhishek Bharate, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman
With the Critics, Golden Globe and studio bombardment of potential films competing for Academy Awards choosing a good movie to see might be difficult. Lion is a true story that happened to Saroo (Sunny Pawar), a Five-year-old boy in India. He sets out with his older brother Guddu (Abhishek Bharate) to make a little money to help support their mother.
At one point Cuddu parks his tired little brother – who falls asleep – on a parked train car so he can work the streets a little faster. When the decommissioned train suddenly takes off Saroo sleeps through the thousand mile trip away from his home in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). Scared and unable to talk to people because they don’t speak his dialect Saroo goes through many tragic moments.
Finally rescued from a dangerous situation and sent to an orphanage he is adopted by Australian couple John and Sue Brierley (David Wenham and Nicole Kidman). The film then moves years ahead where Saroo (now played by Dev Patel) is in a wonderful home, studying hotel management, and attending school where he begins a relationship with student Lucy (Rooney Mara).
Although life is good Saroo still longs to know about his family and discovers a way to find his way back home, wondering if his family members are still alive and will remember him.
Lion is a wonderfully inspiring movie with a good cast and is already appearing on voters ballots for awards.