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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Gogol struggled with his identity, but he knew his family and felt their love. In this movie, Saroo searches for his biological family after being separated from them as a little boy.


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SF_READER
Apr 20, 2021

89th Academy Awards (2017)
Nominee:
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actor: Dev Patel
Best Supporting Actress: Nicole Kidman
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Score
Best Cinematography

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dsw3914
Mar 18, 2021

Outstanding the first time we watched this just after it came out. Still just as outstanding.

LPL_TraciB Feb 06, 2021

I’ve seen this several times and still get choked up watching it. It’s based on a true story of Saroo, a young Indian boy who gets lost and is later adopted by an Australian couple. Then as an adult, he searches for his family of origin back in India while grappling with guilt of how it will affect his adopted parents. It’s filled with heartbreak, hope and love. The acting of Dev Patel, who plays Saroo, and Nicole Kidman who plays his adopted mother, is superb. Definitely worth watching.

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aaropender
Oct 22, 2020

This is an incredible film top to bottom, front to back: very well done. The visuals, camera-work, cutting, pacing, scripting, on-screen performances, are each spot on and masterfully put together. It touches on the value of family, including especially the value of the family we spent our formative years with.
This is one hundred percent worth your time if you are open to an epic and deeply moving drama about what it's like to be a human on this vast planet.

PiNkY85 Apr 16, 2020

What an amazing film. A lost boy to find his way home decade's later. How beautiful.
It may bring a tear to the eye.

ArapahoeMarcia Mar 24, 2020

An amazing journey of Saroo, a young boy lost in India, who is eventually adopted and raised by an Australian couple. As an adult, he seeks to find his biological family by piecing together bits of memories. The outstanding performance by the young Saroo (Sunny Pawar) is unforgettable.

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xelamercedes
Feb 13, 2020

A beautiful, powerfully-acted film. Great performances by everyone, including 5-year-old Sunny. I've seen this movie three times now and loved it every time. The story is powerful -- both uplifting and sobering -- the writing is very good and the camera work is captivating. People of all ages, kids to senior citizens, could watch this together and everyone's attention would be held throughout.

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akirakato
Feb 09, 2020

Directed by Garth Davis in 2016 based on the non-fiction book "A Long Way Home" by Saroo Brierley, this Australian docudrama depicts the true story of an East Indian boy who, 25 years after being separated from his family in Burhanpur, finds his native home eventually.
It appears such a powerful story that you might need a plenty of Kleenex.
A 5-year-old boy of an uneducated poor single mother gets lost in India, a country of over a billion people, and seems hopelessly lost in a profoundly stressful situation.
Such a boy might end up dead or in the hands of heartless people who use children for various illegal or unethical operations.
Yet, the boy survives this situation and tells his story.
Amazing and amusing tearjerker!

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CPLSecondHome
Nov 30, 2019

Great movie! Loved every minute. A fascinating story of a little boy in India who gets lost and ends up taking a train hundreds of miles away from home, somehow survives and starts a whole new life. As a grown man he starts to find clues as to where he grew up.

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jazzy4u
Aug 12, 2019

Hollywood thinks they'll get more cash in making 'TRUE STORY' films. The gist of this one is: Boy get's lost, boy get's adopted, boy turns 25, boy has 5 or 6 bedroom scenes with girl, boy returns to India by way of seeing the country from a bird's eye view. Could any of you find your own street by looking at it from a view from outer space? I found the movie 'itchy skin' boring which dragged on and on and on and on to fill in a correct amount of time to be called a movie.

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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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