Lion

Lion

Blu-ray Disc - 2017 | Blu-ray version.
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A five-year-old Indian boy survives being lost on the streets of Calcutta until he is adopted by an Australian couple, but years later heads out to find his family.
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: Montréal : Les Films Séville, 2017.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Lion
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm.
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In English dubbed in French with French and Spanish subtitles.

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VaughanPLDonnalee Nov 05, 2017

I knew little about this film before watching it. I found it both heartwarming and heartbreaking. The young child actor was outstanding. I thought the film was lovely. It has some slow spots and a couple of subplots that didn't go anywhere, but overall I thought it was a really good, fascinat... Read More »


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wildct2003
Jan 15, 2018

Very good film. Would have liked more information about the adoptive family and its members.

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imaryg
Jan 15, 2018

Great little movie with a great sounds track by SIA.
Not brilliant, but, just heartwarming, interesting with its Hollywood spin, worth seeing.

neyoscribbles Jan 11, 2018

In the hustle and bustle of everyday mundane-ness, we overlook the crisis of identity as a first world problem. But it is very apparent that unanswered questions about your very existence can be a nagging void that can never be satiated. Especially in the case of Saroo, who has got pockets of memories that constantly remind him that there is a very obvious longing for time and relations lost. It is heartbreaking how Saroo is neither able to completely fit in with his adopted family nor bury the memories of his birth family and move on. I couldn’t help but feel sorrow for his birth mother who always believed her son would return back home and for his adopted mother who was able to admit and share her son’s past as her own.
On another note, I loved the cast and the chemistry between each other was on point.

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Dolly9433
Dec 30, 2017

Its a simple, 'Average', star, movie: old cliché of finding and searching for ones lost family and/or relatives over time. It had some twists and turns to it but was overall: okay and based on a true story but nothing fantastic with no special effects..

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gurujr
Dec 29, 2017

Besides the company, Google, loving this movie I'd say this is a pretty awe-inspiring life journey. Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel bring their acting chops to their roles as mom and adopted son. Lots of emotion in the roles played.

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duane767
Dec 26, 2017

Great story and Nicole Kidman shows she can still act when called upon, but something in the narrative was lacking for me. Was this film really worthy of a Best Movie nomination? You be the judge.

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pokano
Dec 25, 2017

I think Dev Patel has now proved he can do dramatic roles. Based on a true story, this movie recounts the life of a young Indian Australian who was adopted when he was a young boy after he gets lost when a train takes him hundreds (quite possibly thousands) of miles away from home. Twenty years later, he becomes obsessed with finding Indian family. Great performances by Patel and young Sunny Pawar, who plays Patel's role as a young boy. I cried my way through this movie.

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breemu
Dec 14, 2017

This is such a great story, so full of heart and love, and a real miracle.

It's too bad Hollywood has to always add unnecessary drama/story arcs.

There is no troubled adopted brother (he's quite fine, thank you, only more rambunctious as a youngster than Saroo), nor did Saroo become so obsessed with searching that he quit working (he kept his job, his friends, his family and his life), his adoptive mother was never heartbroken over her son's distance (there was no rift in their relationship, she and Saroo's adoptive dad knew all about his search, had always encouraged him to remember his life in India, kept the house full of Indian things, learned some of the languages, and ensured Saroo stayed in touch with friends he'd made at the orphanage), nor did he and his girlfriend ever split over his obsession with searching (although he often felt he didn't spend enough time with her as he was almost always on Google Earth when they were at home).

The true story; his family and friends were all very supportive of his beginnings, his roots, AND his search for his birth family from the very start - his adoptive family accompanied him on his very first trip back to his Indian village where he found his birth family.

And that's a good story right there, how wonderfully lucky he got with his adoptive family and eventual girlfriend, and how very much everyone who mattered loved and supported him throughout his entire life.

(Oh, and a "nice", good-looking woman didn't take him in to sell to a flesh peddler - thanks again, Hollywood, distorting truth - it was actually some down-and-out men.)

There was no need for any Hollywood embellishment - this is a true story that was, and is, really great all on its own. Only 3 stars for the movie version.

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readyrisa
Dec 05, 2017

Based on a true story....very inspirational and awesome. Make sure to watch the special features as well. Amazing.

JCLMargaretO Nov 25, 2017

Although adopted by a loving couple, Saroo, now grown, has never lost the yearning to find the way back to his first home. So many unknowns, yet he sets out on a journey that will make you cheer him on with every step. A feel good movie that you won't want to miss.

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Dec 19, 2017

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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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