Lion – Dir Garth Davis

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Divian Ladwa, Priyanka Bose, Pallavi Sharda

This is a true story that will break your heart.  Based on a book written by the lead character in the film, this translates very well to the big screen.  It’s been a crowd favourite at TIFF.

Performances from Nicole Kidman, Sunny Parwar and Dev Patel are phenomenal.  Nicole Kidman always embraces her characters and when you see the footage of the real mother she plays you’d think they were the same person.  Sunny Parwar, young as he is, is absolutely fantastic embodying the character of little Saroo.   And I was surprised to see a much bigger more mature Dev Patel in this role which is sure to lead to more great roles for him.

The entire theatre wept in this one.  You find yourself completely overwhelmed at the end.  As my daughter said “It wrecked Dad. He had to go wash his face in the bathroom after the movie.”

I hope it does well in theatres as it is a really beautiful story that deserves to be told.


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