Lion

Lion

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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"A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family"--From www.imdb.com.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Entertainment One Films Canada,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
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breemu
Dec 14, 2017

This is such a great story, so full of heart and love, and a real miracle.

It's too bad Hollywood has to always add unnecessary drama/story arcs.

There is no troubled adopted brother (he's quite fine, thank you), nor did Saroo become so obsessed with searching that he quit working (he kept his job), his adoptive mother was never heartbroken over her son's distance (there was no rift in their relationship, she knew all about his search), nor did he and his girlfriend split over his obsession with searching (although he often felt he didn't spend enough time with her as he was almost always on Google Earth when he was home).

The true story, his friends and family were all very supportive of his search for his birth family right from the beginning, and his adoptive family accompanied him on his very first trip back to India so they could continue being there for him.

That's a good story right there, how lucky he got with his adoptive family and his girlfriend, and how much everyone who mattered loved and supported him throughout.

(Oh, and a "nice", good-looking woman didn't take him in to sell to a flesh peddler - thanks again, Hollywood, for always distorting things - it was actually some down-and-out men.)

There was no need for any Hollywood embellishment - this is a true story that was, and is, really great all on its own.

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readyrisa
Dec 05, 2017

Based on a true story....very inspirational and awesome. Make sure to watch the special features as well. Amazing.

JCLMargaretO Nov 25, 2017

Although adopted by a loving couple, Saroo, now grown, has never lost the yearning to find the way back to his first home. So many unknowns, yet he sets out on a journey that will make you cheer him on with every step. A feel good movie that you won't want to miss.

VaughanPLDonnalee Nov 05, 2017

I knew little about this film before watching it. I found it both heartwarming and heartbreaking. The young child actor was outstanding. I thought the film was lovely. It has some slow spots and a couple of subplots that didn't go anywhere, but overall I thought it was a really good, fascinating film and I'm glad I watched it.

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PearlyKayAm1
Oct 22, 2017

You'll need the subtitles turned on for the first hour. This started slowly and got progressively duller along the way. This 2 hour movie felt 5 hours long. The last 10 minutes, and the pictures of the real people at the very end were the only good parts.

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ba_library
Oct 08, 2017

Not sure how I came across this movie – knew nothing about it. It is based on a true story which makes it even more heartbreaking. A small boy from India somehow gets on a train and travels far from home. He gets off eventually in an unknown city and lives on the streets for a while, then gets placed in an abusive, scary foster type home; eventually he gets placed with a Tasmanian family for adoption. He grows up in his loving Australian home, but never forgets his childhood and his family. He dreams of finding them again, this movie tells his story. You’ll need a box of Kleenex for the ending! Very moving and emotional.

vpazreads Oct 05, 2017

Gut-wrenching and heart-warming. Explores the meaning of family, the power of technology, and the mysteries of memory. I'm still haunted by the plight of the thousands of street children in India.

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writermala
Sep 28, 2017

An interesting movie with well played roles. However, I found some parts rather slow. Also, having read the book first I felt the book was better. Dev Patel portrays the angst of young adult Saroo very well and the locales in India are well captured.

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tj_is_cool
Sep 19, 2017

Decent movie. The performance of the child actor was very good

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ChinosMom
Sep 17, 2017

A very melancholic and yet inspiring story. I cried buckets of tears on this one. Not to be missed. Something to ponder upon when someone wants to adopt children from other countries. Makes you realize the heartbreak that the losing parents may have experienced.

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jimg2000
Jun 12, 2017

You have any idea what it's like knowing my real brother... and mother spend everyday of their lives looking for me? How everyday my real brother screams my name! Can you imagine the pain they must be in for not knowing where I am? 25 years, Luce. 25!
-Why didn't you tell me that's been happening for you?
And we swung about in our ... privileged lives. It makes me sick. I have to find home.
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I was looking out across this field. And I just wanted the earth to swallow me up. And I... I felt an electric current that was like a shock, A shock through my whole body. And then I saw... A brown skinned child across that field. And he was standing beside me. And it was right there and I could feel it so strongly.
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I don't want you to feel, I was ungrateful.
-There wasn't a day, I didn't want to tell you. Saroo. I really hope she's there. She needs to see how beautiful you are!

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jimg2000
Jun 12, 2017

Please could you not do anything while I'm away? eah Yeah... to make mum... more unhappy than you already do.
-Mate... Why do you think I stay away?
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Instructor: We see ourselves as United Nations of hospitality schools. And we'd like to think we teach a global and balanced perspective. You're here because you have a dream. We're here to help make that dream a reality.
Lucy: Yeah and I saw firsthand how the hospitality industry can really bring infrastructure to communities that need it. But I also saw a lot of problems that they cause, which is why community groups need to
be, involved every step of the way, and they need to be taken seriously.
Instructor: And?
Lucy: I guess I want to help facilitate that and help give them a voice.
Instructor: Saroo.
-I want to run hotels, so I put all the profits into my pocket.
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And you didn't speak Bengali?
-I didn't even know it was called that.
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My mum couldn't read or write.
-What does she do?
A labourer, she carried rocks.

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Jun 12, 2017

Excerpt from book:

Mrs. Sood’s eyes widened when I walked in and introduced myself. We shook hands and then embraced. She was now in her eighties, but she said she remembered me well from when I was a child, despite the number of children who had passed through her care since then. “I remember your mischievous grin. Your face has not changed,” she told me in her excellent English, smiling widely. ... Mrs. Medhora returned with my file and I was able to see the agency’s actual documents of my adoption. The pages were a little faded and fragile, almost as if they could fall apart at a touch. Attached to the file was a photograph of me in Australia, which my parents had sent after I arrived. I was grinning and holding a golf club, standing in front of an old-fashioned golf buggy. There was also a photocopy of my passport, with its photograph of the six-year-old me looking steadily into the camera. My official documents and passport all had my name as “Saru,” which is how it had been recorded since I arrived in the police station. It was Mum and Dad who had decided “Saroo” was a more Anglicized spelling, more like it sounded. The file revealed that I had come to the attention of the authorities in Calcutta after I was accepted into the custody of officers at Ultadanga Police Station on April 21, 1987. I was assessed and taken to Liluah, the juvenile home, where I was classified as a child in need of care. ...

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