Run time: 1h58
Director: Garth Davis
Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar, David Wenham
Synopsis: Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train travelling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven. Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart. 25 years later with the help of a new technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times.
The film screenplay by Luke Davies is based on a true story and Saroo Brierley’s book: A Long Way Home, and director Garth Davis [Top of the Lake (2012), television six-hour mini series] brings Lion to us as an exceptional, emotional story about origin and identity.
Five year old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles 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 and played by Dev Patel [The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Slumdog Millionaire (2008)] 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.
With stunning cinematography from Greig Fraser and beautiful and dramatic filming locations in Kolkata, West Bengal, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Melbourne and Recherche Bay, South West Tasmania, Lion is a heartwarming film with a happy conclusion for Saroo.
In India, over 80,000 children go missing each year and there are over eleven million children living on the streets. For the release of this film, the foundation #LionHeart was launched in a collaboration between the production companies of this film, See-Saw Films and The Weinstein Company (TWC) and The Charity Network. It will provide financial support to the street children of India.
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