(Australia/UK, 2016) Director: Garth Davis. Screenplay: Luke Davies, based on the
memoir by Saroo Brierley. Cast: Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara, David Wenham,
Nicole Kidman, Abhishek Bharate, Priyanka Bose.
If, as many have proposed, there was a new Academy Award® for Best Child Actor,
2016’s honors would certainly have gone to the adorable Sunny Pawar in this astonishing
true story! His charisma make it easy to empathize with the 5-year-old Saroo’s
journey into the unknown, as he falls asleep on a train that takes him away from
his mother, to faraway Kolkata. Surviving on the street by luck and his wits, Saroo
eventually finds salvation when he is adopted by a couple in Australia. However, as
he grows into a young man (Dev Patel, star of Slumdog Millionaire), Saroo is determined
to locate his birth mother – with the help of his girlfriend (Rooney Mara)
and the technological wizardry of Google Earth. “Lion celebrates the human need
to find meaning and connection in life. If the final scenes don’t have you blubbering,
your humanity may need some fine-tuning.” – Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer.