'Life of Pi', based on the novel by Yann Martel and directed by Ang Lee, tells the story of a young boy who is in search of faith from a very young age. Even though his father is a man of science and his mother only holds on to her hindu faith as a way to keep a hold of her past life, Pi finds himself following three religions, Hindu, Christianity and Islam in order to be closer to 'god'.
Pi is 16 when his family decides to sell their zoo and move to Canada. It is while sailing there, with a ship filled with animals, that something happens to cause the ship to sink. How it sinks is never discussed in the film. In amongst the chaos Pi eventually finds himself on a lifeboat adrift at sea. On board is a Zebra with a broken leg, an orangutan named Orange Juice and a Hyena. It is not long until the Hyena kills the Zebra and orangutan. It is at this point that the tiger, named Richard Parker, appears from under the tarp, killing the Hyena. Pi panics, makes and gets on a mini life raft that he attaches to the boat via rope, to keep him safe from the tiger. Pi now finds himself a drift at sea alone, with a Bengal Tiger.