Lion

Lion

DVD - 2017
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Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

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uncommonreader
Apr 20, 2018

A good story, but a few wobbles in the acting at some points. The actor who played the child was enchanting.

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nawchem
Apr 01, 2018

Outstanding and beautiful!

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INVS
Mar 14, 2018

Oh I like this young man, even more as he matures & takes serious roles. He was excellent in The Man Who Knew Infinity, too bad it was not better received. A rewarding film, portrayed so well by all the actors. The locations were great, like an armchair traveller.

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MetalRoe
Mar 13, 2018

Great movie, superb acting.

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Nooksack20
Feb 09, 2018

Be sure to turn on subtitles when watching this film. The first third and final scenes of it are in Hindi or Punjab, and much is lost without them. I'm not certain why this movie garnered such acclaim. It is an interesting story about a kid who became lost in India, was adopted by an Australian family, grew up in Tasmania, and as an adult went back to India to find his family. Lots of footage of poverty strickened Indian slums which markedly contrast the natural beauty and prospertiy of Tasmania where he grew up. All in all, a pretty decent film.

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samjenks
Jan 18, 2018

Great movie! good family film.

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wildct2003
Jan 15, 2018

Very good film. Would have liked more information about the adoptive family and its members.

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imaryg
Jan 15, 2018

Great little movie with a great sounds track by SIA.
Not brilliant, but, just heartwarming, interesting with its Hollywood spin, worth seeing.

neyoscribbles Jan 11, 2018

In the hustle and bustle of everyday mundane-ness, we overlook the crisis of identity as a first world problem. But it is very apparent that unanswered questions about your very existence can be a nagging void that can never be satiated. Especially in the case of Saroo, who has got pockets of memories that constantly remind him that there is a very obvious longing for time and relations lost. It is heartbreaking how Saroo is neither able to completely fit in with his adopted family nor bury the memories of his birth family and move on. I couldn’t help but feel sorrow for his birth mother who always believed her son would return back home and for his adopted mother who was able to admit and share her son’s past as her own.
On another note, I loved the cast and the chemistry between each other was on point.

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Dolly9433
Dec 30, 2017

Its a simple, 'Average', star, movie: old cliché of finding and searching for ones lost family and/or relatives over time. It had some twists and turns to it but was overall: okay and based on a true story but nothing fantastic with no special effects..

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Dec 19, 2017

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jimg2000
Jun 12, 2017

You have any idea what it's like knowing my real brother... and mother spend everyday of their lives looking for me? How everyday my real brother screams my name! Can you imagine the pain they must be in for not knowing where I am? 25 years, Luce. 25!
-Why didn't you tell me that's been happening for you?
And we swung about in our ... privileged lives. It makes me sick. I have to find home.
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I was looking out across this field. And I just wanted the earth to swallow me up. And I... I felt an electric current that was like a shock, A shock through my whole body. And then I saw... A brown skinned child across that field. And he was standing beside me. And it was right there and I could feel it so strongly.
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I don't want you to feel, I was ungrateful.
-There wasn't a day, I didn't want to tell you. Saroo. I really hope she's there. She needs to see how beautiful you are!

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jimg2000
Jun 12, 2017

Please could you not do anything while I'm away? eah Yeah... to make mum... more unhappy than you already do.
-Mate... Why do you think I stay away?
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Instructor: We see ourselves as United Nations of hospitality schools. And we'd like to think we teach a global and balanced perspective. You're here because you have a dream. We're here to help make that dream a reality.
Lucy: Yeah and I saw firsthand how the hospitality industry can really bring infrastructure to communities that need it. But I also saw a lot of problems that they cause, which is why community groups need to
be, involved every step of the way, and they need to be taken seriously.
Instructor: And?
Lucy: I guess I want to help facilitate that and help give them a voice.
Instructor: Saroo.
-I want to run hotels, so I put all the profits into my pocket.
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And you didn't speak Bengali?
-I didn't even know it was called that.
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My mum couldn't read or write.
-What does she do?
A labourer, she carried rocks.

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Jun 12, 2017

Excerpt from book:

Mrs. Sood’s eyes widened when I walked in and introduced myself. We shook hands and then embraced. She was now in her eighties, but she said she remembered me well from when I was a child, despite the number of children who had passed through her care since then. “I remember your mischievous grin. Your face has not changed,” she told me in her excellent English, smiling widely. ... Mrs. Medhora returned with my file and I was able to see the agency’s actual documents of my adoption. The pages were a little faded and fragile, almost as if they could fall apart at a touch. Attached to the file was a photograph of me in Australia, which my parents had sent after I arrived. I was grinning and holding a golf club, standing in front of an old-fashioned golf buggy. There was also a photocopy of my passport, with its photograph of the six-year-old me looking steadily into the camera. My official documents and passport all had my name as “Saru,” which is how it had been recorded since I arrived in the police station. It was Mum and Dad who had decided “Saroo” was a more Anglicized spelling, more like it sounded. The file revealed that I had come to the attention of the authorities in Calcutta after I was accepted into the custody of officers at Ultadanga Police Station on April 21, 1987. I was assessed and taken to Liluah, the juvenile home, where I was classified as a child in need of care. ...

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