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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
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Lion is an adaptation of the autobiographical A Long Way Home. It began screening in Australia on Thursday 19 January and many people attended sessions on the first weekend. I went on Friday 20 January with a group of friends and we were all affected by the powerful story.

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Movie poster (from Hoyt's website)

Some may find the start of Lion slow but I felt that it was necessary to build the drama of the lost child, Saroo, played by Sunny Pawar. One can't help but feel for the child alone in a strange place (Calcutta) where the people looked similar but spoke a different language (Bengali rather than Hindi).

Most of the movie explores Saroo's searches as a child for his brother and home, then later as an adult (Dev Patel) for himself and his original family. Not much of the story focuses on the relationship with his adoptive parents and his transition into 1990s Australian society.

Cinema, movie, Lion, India, biography
Movie poster (film website)

The movie has beautiful cinematography and contrasts the landscapes of India & Tasmania cleverly. All of the actors play their roles with skill and sensitivity and the 'costuming' is true to the era. There are some humorous scenes but most of the movie has a dark undertone with hints of child prostitution, sexual abuse and mental health issues. Ultimately though the audience is uplifted by the powerful ending and power of the human spirit to overcome many different obstacles.

I 'enjoyed' Lion and could not stop talking about it, the end credits and photographs of the real Saroo and family were worthy of many sniffles and a few tissues.

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