Lion (2016) Full Movie Review

Director:
  • Garth Davis,
Writer:
  • Saroo Brierley,
  • Luke Davies,
Actors:
  • Sunny Pawar,
  • Abhishek Bharate,
  • Priyanka Bose,
  • Khushi Solanki,
  • Shankar Nisode,
  • Tannishtha Chatterjee,
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui,
  • Riddhi Sen,
  • Koushik Sen,
  • Rita Boy,
  • Udayshankar Pal,
  • Surojit Das,
  • Deepti Naval,
  • Menik Gooneratne,
  • David Wenham,
  • Nicole Kidman,
  • Keshav Jadhav,
  • Dev Patel,
  • Benjamin Rigby,
  • Divian Ladwa,
  • Todd Sampson,
  • Rooney Mara,
  • Daniela Farinacci,
  • Pallavi Sharda,
  • Sachin Joab,
  • Arka Das,
  • Emilie Cocquerel,
  • Vinod Chauhan,
  • Babli Pandey,
  • Madhukar Narlwade,
Lion (2016) [Full Movie]

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Runtime:
  • 118 min
Release Date:
  • 6 January 2017
Genres:

Lion (2016) watch online free now here, find a quality movie streaming and preferred language. A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Lion is such a beautiful film, with a simple story line, without any frills.

A young Indian boy leaves their village with his older brother to do some “jobs”, in one of these jobs he gets lost and cannot find his way back home. Pass some years and he’s adopted by a family from Australia, and when that boy becomes an adult, he starts wondering where he’s actually from.

It deals with aspects of origin and identity, and that we cannot escape from who we really are.

Superb, superb acting from everyone, from the little Indian boys, specially Sunny Pawar that plays the young Sarro, to Dev Patel who has clearly matured into a top class act and is endearing and touching playing the older Saroo.

Just saw this at TIFF . I saw the trailer a few days before the screening and I have to admit the trailer alone made me a little emotional. I mean just the thought of a 5 year old separated from his family for 25 years is bad enough, add in the fact that he was lost in India, a country of over a billion people and was the child of an uneducated poor single mother and you are looking at a very stressful situation.

This happens there everyday..and most children never find their way back. They either end up dead or in the hands of heartless people who use children for various illegal / unethical operations. The fact that one boy survived this situation and went on to tell his story is very inspiring and this fantastic film did justice to showing it on screen.

There wasn’t a single scene in the movie which doesn’t suck you in. Hats off to Dev Patel. He managed to make you feel the character’s pain just by the way he looked at a jalebi (indian sweet that his brother and him fantasized about back in India). Special shoutout to the young actor who played little Saroo. His performance blew me away. It would be difficult to watch any child go through what he did and the fact that he was absolutely adorable looking made it even harder.

The movie explores some great themes: What happens to lost children in developing countries? How do poor, illiterate citizens of a country go about finding their lost children…who helps them? What are the dangers faced by these lost children? Why do certain people choose to adopt? How do adopted children adapt to their surroundings? Especially when they’re transplanted so many miles away from home where they do not even speak the language. Do children every fully recover from traumatic childhood experiences? Does one forget their original family if they never see them again after the age of 5? As an adopted child do you ever completely feel like you fit into your new life? What is the bond with your adoptive parents like? The film touches upon all these themes while primarily being about the physical and emotional journey of a young man finding his way back home with very few clues to work with.

I kid you not, I could hear the whole theatre crying during several parts of the movie and most people had tissues in their hands. So be prepared. If you’re in the mood for a heart wrenching drama with an uplifting ending, go watch this one once its out! The lead cast as well as supporting members have all done a wonderful job. You will not be disappointed!

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