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*Price for renting Lion (HD) on Amazon: $5.99 *Hours spent watching Lion: 1 hour 58 minutes *Total time spent crying: 1 hour 8 minutes *The feeling you're left with after all the tears have dried - PRICELESS!
My 10 year old daughter wanted to watch this film - she read the Junior Novelization and was so looking forward to it, I bought it and watched it with her. I knew ahead of time there were mature themes - and to do justice to the story, they had to be there. My daughter is very sheltered - and so I was glad I watched it with her - as it gave us a lot of talking points about hard issues she's not normally exposed to in her everyday life. It was nice to see a movie focused on adoption to actually talk about post-adoption issues like trauma, etc. - and not gloss over those. Nicole Kidman did a beautiful job - all the actors did. I understand why this was nominated for so many Oscars. Ultimately, I'm glad I watched it with my daughter - even though there were some uncomfortable moments in the film with regards to implied sex, child endangerment, etc. I think it made my daughter appreciate her comfortable life much more - and to be thankful for all that she has. After the movie ended, she started cleaning the kitchen - which she never does!! Ha! Sometimes it's good for kids to stretch themselves and be exposed to films that show a life that's different from theirs. It also made her want to help with the orphan foundation started by the film - (listed in the end credits) - she was very shocked that 80,000 children become orphaned every year in India. This film opened her eyes (mine, too) - and was simply gorgeous...well worth the price paid to own it.
Prepare yourself before the film starts, you will need reams of tissues. This is a film that tears your heart out, and then puts it back. Such a well directed and acted film, that I was transported to India and Tasmania, the sights and the smells.
Saroo, a young Indian boy, becomes separated from his older brother Guduu. They live in a small room in an alleyway. Their mother lugs rocks for a living, these young boys steal coal from a train. A tough life, but they are well loved and care for each other. On this day Saroo goes missing, and after a long train ride finds himself 1200 miles from his home. He is put in an orphanage, and after a bit adopted.
Saroo finds a new life with wonderful people who become his parents. They live in Tasmania, and adopt another young boy who has some serious mental issues. However, love conquers all. We find Saroo at age 25, at college, training to be a hotel manager. And then, he begins his journey back to himself.
Such an emotional roller coaster, filled with twists and turns, and longing and love. A film that should be seen by all, it will open your heart. Dav Patel excels in this film, Nicole Kidman is also brilliant. The small Saroo, Sunny Prewar, is an amazing young boy. A film filled with heartache, but mostly love.
This was easily one of the best movies we've seen in a while. The acting was exceptional, we were especially drawn to the young actor who first played Saroo. I respect that there was nothing gratuitous and they kept it about the story. We were so interested in the story that after the movie was over we spent another half hour or so looking up the real people it happened to and reading more about it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2017
Do yourself a favor and GET THIS! I watch a lot of movies & TV series. Really a lot. Unfortunately, not a lot out there is worth watching. Most productions are imminently forgetable. Some are such pathetic stinkers, I can't bear to watch them to the end. 'Lion' is not one of those movies. The photography is great. The characters/actors are well developed - warm, flesh-and-blood real. The production values are excellent. The story itself is amazing. I wish everyone could see it.... Also has SDH subtitles! Based on a true story, it is never smarmy, fake or emotionally manipulative. However - you WILL shed a tear. Never a dull moment. Never a false note. Nothing gratutious or phoney. Captivating, real and unexpected. Truly beautiful through and through. Highly recommended! TOP-NOTCH *****5 STARS!
Exceptional movie! One of the only movies I've watched in my entire life that reached parts of my soul that I didn't know existed.
This movie is about a boy in India that ends up being separated from his family, getting adopted and struggling with who he is. The journey shown was tremendous as you could feel the very pain that Saroo was going through throughout his life.
Having been born and raised in a 3rd world country, being adopted at a very age and moving to the US, I can very much relate to the struggles that Saroo endured in the film.
The acting is phenomenal and this movie is guaranteed to make you shed a few tears.
This movie is amazing! I have gushed to so many people to watch it. Best movie I've watched in a really long time, if not the best movie I've ever seen. BE SURE TO WATCH THE 'EXTRAS' AFTER THE MOVIE ENDS. (The reason for the title of the movie is explained. It made me cry.)
WOW...definitely one of the most powerful, heartfelt stories I have ever seen. If you, like me, have ever felt the overwhelming fractures that life often brings you, growing up in an alcoholic home, and the loss of my twin brother, then you will be even more deeply to touched by this young man's story. Even more beautiful to know that it's true and just goes to show you...never give up hope.
Brilliant film, based on Saroo Brierly's true story, and his book. The film cannot do full justice to his full story, the book gives you back ground. The film prompted me to read his book. The Brierlys must be truly amazing people, bringing up their adopted children with a sense of themselves and where they came from originally. Saroo, himself, kind hearted, loyal, considerate. Thank you, Saroo, for writing your story. Inspirational to all. Obviously emotionally painful, frightening, at times....(how could it not be?).... but also so heart warming....I think God in his heaven is watching Saroo, and his families. Blessings in your future.
5.0 out of 5 starsSuch a wonderful account of one person's life
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 13, 2020
Having just finished reading the book about Saroo becoming lost, it was a natural follow up to order and watch the film. So glad we did. Events of the early days are sped through, two stories are combined, some details worked around, but no problem. The account of Saroo becoming lost is tremendous here. To see actual sites where he lived, survived and escaped capture add integrity and emotion. Yes, the book details events well, photos show where they took place but seeing them on screen brings the horror of a lost child's experiences to life. The children's home and adoption process are concise too, but within an almost two hour film, you are simply swept along with it all. Life in Australia begins anew for the Brierley family, with moments of joy and challenge. Saroo's studies lead to an online search, which many of us have used to seek out familiar places, but none so life changing possibly as the case here. Following a period of obsessiveness with his search, Saroo comes across his homeland by chance - which is far further than anyone had thought possible, made as a five year old child. By now, if you have read the book, you are clinging on to the moment of Saroo meeting his mother at long last. Of course it's highly charged and emotional. As were the final scenes where actual photos of those involved were shown, with mother meeting mum. An outstanding account that has to be congratulated for following the account of Saroo as given in his writing. Very lovely, very sensitive - and well handled. I would recommend this film, yes, but would suggest those who have not yet seen it, to read the book first, then view. A very heady pair of accounts.
5.0 out of 5 starsBest film that I have seen in years
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 28, 2017
This film blew my mind, especially because it is a true story. Amazing!! Superb acting, casting and soundtrack (Sia is God.) The story is about an Indian boy who lives in the slums with his mother and brother, but gets seperated from them and ends up napping on a train which takes him halfway across the country. He then gets adopted by an Australian family, but is always plagued by the fact that his family don't know what happened to him and he starts to search for them when he is an adult using Google Maps...
I you liked Slumdog Millionaire then you will love this.
An incredible story thoughtfully told and beautifully filmed, with a mesmerising soundtrack.
Dev Patel's performance as the lost 'Saroo' was a masterclass in fine acting. He is a wonderful actor whose rare acting qualities allows him to perform roles as disparate as wittily perceived humour and wrenching pathos. His role as 'Saroo' is of the latter type and is utterly convincing.
The camera and storyline take you into the heart of Indian life: by turns both beautiful in its stunning light and scenery, but also horrific in its callous disregard for human life.
It's a film that I thoroughly recommend on all of the above points, but also for the uncomfortable truth about the cheapness of human existence that is on 'open' display in India.
This film engages, shocks and fascinates. It doesn't matter how much India tells everyone they are a nuclear powered, with a space industry this film shows the harsh reality of life for millions of people. Seeing the raw images of day to day life for street kids is sad but fascinating in equal measures. Its not easy to separate fact from fiction as you expect some "artistic license" to make the film one of the best I've seen for a few years, but I expect it was basically the real story. However, improbable the ending was it is claimed to be the truth and it is uplifting.