Each one of us has many dimensions. The powerful dimension is your attachment to your mother. Not only she has brought you in this world but she has nurtured you. The other significant dimension is identity. After all is said and done, each one of us crave for identity. One of the resonating dialogues in the movie that captivated this dimension was, “I am adopted, I am not really Indian.”
Lion connects to all people who are adopted, regardless of your nation of birth. There is an eternal burning ember to know who you are, where you came from, but you become the person of where you are brought up. Therein lies the double-edge sword of identity.
This dimension of mother’s impact is captivated in Luke Davies’ screenplay- Lion– adapted from Brierley's memoir A Long Way Home. The memoir is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.
Lion is miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel), a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again. Lion brings the innocent gaze of a missing child to its most harrowing encounters leading to the hard-won maturity of a young man. But despite being grateful how the life has turned out to him, Lion focuses on his struggles to know himself.
Lion begins with introduction of five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) whose mother (Priyanka Bose) works as a laborer. Young actor Sunny Power, as Saroo, will captivate you in his role as a happy kid eager to prove his maturity by doing anything his brother can do. But fate is such that Saroo and his brother get separated and panicked Saroo climbs aboard a decommissioned train, falls asleep and wakes up to find it moving, taking him 1,600 kilometers away to Calcutta.
Lion in showing Saroo’s survival in Calcutta captures the extreme vulnerability of children and the cunning of those who prey on them by presenting themselves as rescuers. The script also is effective in suggesting how the boy was so confused and worn down by the selective information being fed him that he gave up on ever finding his mother.
Amazingly, the movie effectively captures tender scenes when he arrives at the home of his adoptive parents Sue and John Brierley (Nicole Kidman, David Wenham). As he grows up, Saroo was a great source of pride and happiness to his adoptive parents. The striking features of Lion are beautiful moments when Kidman’s emotional transparency comes through as they have powerful impact.
Lion is powerful emotionally intensive drama that wrestles with conflicting loyalties. The mother, who raised him, is saddened by Saroo’s sudden withdrawal. Saroo’s girlfriend, though very supportive, feels ignored as Saroo shuts her out. Saroo has been totally immersed in memories of his mother and brother. Lion is captivating as sentimental drama that engages in characters’ reconnecting with their past.
What makes Lion movie so unique is that it shows simplicity in life despite surrounded by the simultaneous complexity. It highlights that a single, minute accident can completely change your life forever. Onscreen text at the end of the movie reveals that 80,000 children go missing in India every year, and the knowledge that Saroo's experiences make him one of the luckier ones gives the conclusion enormous resonance.
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