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Lion is a true story about Saroo, a five-year-old Indian who got left in a train station by a brother by accident and got taken hundreds of miles across India. He reached Calcutta where he has to learn how to survive and eventually brought to an orphanage and adopted by an Australian couple.

After more than two decades and armed only with a few memories and with the help of Google Maps, he sets  out to India to find his long lost family and finally returns to his first home and meet his mother and sister. Unfortunately the brother who accidentally left him on the train station died days after the incident.

The plot is easy to follow, clear with no gaping holes. The storytelling is straight forward and safe with no subplots that sometimes make a movie complicated and hard to follow. The story is very distressing but ultimately uplifting especially towards the end.


There are no special effects like most summer blockbusters but the cinematography showing the Indian landscape both good and not so good is amazing. What it lacked in special effects is compensated by the storytelling and cinematography. It is emotionally charged and well acted especially Dev Patel’s portrayal of the adult Saroo.

Overall it is a great movie and worth the Oscar nomination for best picture. It is a drama and emotionally charged but not overly dramatic; with great acting performances.

It stars Dev Patel as the adult Saroo, Nicole Kidman as the adoptive mother Sue, Rooney Mara as girlfriend Lucy and Sunny Pawar as the young Saroo. Directed by Garth Davis and written by Luke Davies.

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18 Responses to Lion

  1. doglovertoo says:

    Sad but uplifting at the same time.

  2. allisonwatnj says:

    It is a good movie but to be nominated for Oscar best picture? What???????

  3. This one really made me cry.

  4. jakeaniston says:

    LOVE this movie, a true story too.

  5. linhosmond says:

    This is one great movie,the actor plating the young Saroo is so good.

  6. The young actor who portrayed Saroo as a kid did a very good job and should win some awards.

    The movie is really great.

  7. C’était un film que je n’avais pas vraiment envie de voir. Je savais qu’il était nominé pour le meilleur film, mais je ne pensais pas que cela semblait intéressant. J’ai été agréablement surpris que j’aie eu tort. Réel et déchirant, Lion a fait un travail spectaculaire en racontant l’histoire de Saroo. J’ai aimé qu’il l’a montré dans l’ordre chronologique, ce qui a fait se sentir moins comme un film et plus comme une expérience. Dev Patel était brillant comme Saroo, comme était Sunny Pawar. C’est un beau, se sentent bon film que vous pouvez apporter toute la famille à.

  8. This movie is the best I’ve ever seen Dev Patel and Garth Davis is able to produce and emotional sucker punch without ever feeling forced or cheesy. By the end of this movie, you’ll have experienced a tidal wave of emotions. Great filmmaking.

    The narrative is well created with a long section devoted to showing the separation while the next chapter is the longing distance he feels for his brother and mother.

  9. This is one high quality movie,the first half of the movie is really uncomfortable with the young Saroo and his troubles. Overall one good movie.

  10. The film drags a bit especially in the middle, but the ending comes around and the film is really in joyous fashion. Films based on a true story can often prove difficult to bring to screen, especially the silver screen not this Lion and I loved it.

  11. dannychana says:

    One of the best movie of the year. The shots are breathtaking, the story is great, the perforamnce by the Dave Patel and Sunny Panwar are phenomenal. I came out of the cinema thinking about the film, and its effects stayed with me for a long time after.

  12. It is a very straight forward movie with great performance by Dave Patel and Nicole Kidman.

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