LION – Rated PG-13

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LION – Rated PG-!3 – 118 Mins

Starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar and David Wenham

Adapted from the Book “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley, we meet young Saroo (Sunny Pawar) constantly at his older brother Guddu’s (Abhishek Bharate) side. While these brothers try to make money any way they can, Saroo soon finds himself alone, awaiting his brother’s return. When he decides to search for his brother, Saroo’s world is turned upside down, as he ends up traveling far, far away, and can’t seem to find his way back home…

Now, caught up in the bustling world of Calcutta, and hoping to find anyone who will help him, Saroo ends up in an orphanage, but knows this is not where he belongs…

When a couple from Australia, Susan (Nicole Kidman) and John Brierley (David Wenham) decide to adopt Saroo, he knows he has a family out there somewhere, and he doesn’t want to go. Once shown the love and compassion that he longs for, Saroo realizes that his new parents really do love him, and his adopted brother Mantosh (Divian Ladwa) as well.

As the years roll by, and his memories grow stronger of the life he once knew, Saroo (Dev Patel) has no choice but to seek out his “real family”, in hopes that they still remain…

I give LION a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN! This film is amazing, and in every way, as you are drawn into the lives of it’s real-life characters, storyline and breathtaking scenery too! Youngster Sunny Pawar’s performance is unimaginably beautiful, yet astoundingly heart-breaking all at the same time. Patel’s performance is just as compelling as Saroo as an adult ~ bringing me to wonder why he hasn’t been cast in more main stream roles, as each time I see one of his performances, it’s a absolutely memorable experience. Plus, having been adopted myself and having had the opportunity in my twenties to meet my birth mother as well, this film resonated deeply with me, and on so many levels. I found it hard to ignore the complexities of this man’s life, and his struggle to find peace within himself. If you love cinema that leaves an indelible mark on your own sense of humanity, then THE LION is definitely A MUST SEE FILM for you. Or if you just want to catch Pawar and Patel giving their incredible performances on the big screen, that’s okay too, as LION will manage to touch you in ways that you didn’t even know were possible!!!

Kathy Kaiser