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by Rebecca Kerr (subscribe)
Freelance writer/photographer living in Perth, Western Australia. Visit my website
Published January 5th 2013
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Yesterday I treated myself to alone time at the cinemas. I saw both 'Samsara' (Which I highly recommend) and 'Life of Pi'. It was a much needed personal day that I needed to be able to ground myself from the Xmas craziness and find inspiration to finish my university assignments.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi in cinemas now.

'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.

The story that unfolds is a look into the human spirit of how we will do what it takes to survive and cope without losing who you are as a person. I found myself in tears at moments in the story. Yes it is just a story of a fantastic journey between a man and a tiger but it is the subtext of the movie that strikes a chord. It is a journey of how a sixteen year old boy deals with a traumatic event, while struggling with trying to stay true to his beliefs and understand his god.

I am not a religious person, but I can respect this film from a spiritual and psychological level. I highly recommend seeing this film in 3D before it leaves the cinemas.
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Why? A beautiful story taken from book to film
When: Out Now
Where: In Cinemas
Cost: Check with your local cinema
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