"LOST & FOUND" - The Movie "LION" Personally touched me!

I imagine all movie-goers must feel at some time that a certain movie mirrors a painful feeling from their past - well, this one did for me.

While my 6 year old traumatic journey doesn't compare time-wise with this one - it does echo the longing for a mother & being swept away not knowing why or when I'd return.

As I watched this movie, my tears were not just for myself; but for the little 5 year old boy also lost & then found.

As a rule, I prefer not to know too much about a movie; developing my own understanding of its possibilities - that's why I wouldn't want to tell you the outcome of this moving true story.

What I can tell you is - to see it. 

1st choice is to see it on the big screen - if that's not a possibility; see it anyway you can.

Generally not a fan of Bollywood; but thoroughly enjoyed the Oscar winning "Slumdog Millionaire" & "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" - but seeing "Lion" made me a believer.  This was an exceptionally captivating powerfully performed piece of cinema.

Even though illuminating actor Dev Patel was nominated for best Actor for this film; the movie belongs to Sunny Pawar playing Saroo Brienley as a 5 year old boy in 1986.

This is Saroo's true story from his memoir - "A Long Way Home" - saved from a life on the streets from a small rural Indian village in rural India.

Even his mother played by Priyanka Bose walks with grace as she toils within her impoverished existence; leaving her children to fend for themselves; but always coming back safely till the next day.

Australian Director Garth Davis' 1st movie hit the jackpot in projecting a heart-wrenching yet uplifting resilience tale of hope.  And Cinematographer Greig Frasier's magnificent lenses capture the beautiful landscapes of Australia & the rugged alleys of Madhya Pradesh's Khandwa.

Academy Award nominated Actress Nicole Kidman pulls out all the stops as a selfless adoptive mother who faces the universal pain of returning a child to set him free. 

And Actor David Wenham plays Saroo's adoptive father with natural warmth & sensitivity.

The movie ends in 2012 in the same village of Khandwa; a scene of sorrow & joy - a crossroads; where life & hope wins every time over loss & defeat.

Actor Dev Patel & Saroo 2012 

If you don't cry at movies - you will this time.  But, don't let that scare you away - you can always Netflix!

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Comment by Foolish Monkey on March 14, 2017 at 7:26pm

I've seen it and I agree the film belonged to Sunny Pawar - after we saw it we were convinced he'd be nominated for supporting actor. 

It is a riveting story. I love dev patel from pi. I thought he was marvelous in it and in lion.  Hes a very exciting actor. But I thought that darling little boy stole the movie right out from under everyone. 

Comment by marilyn sands on March 14, 2017 at 9:12pm

Thanks FM...all in all it was a Feel Good movie...well, maybe just on the way home.  And, a wonderful story was told & photographed!

Comment by Foolish Monkey on March 15, 2017 at 5:04am

it is a gorgeous film Marilyn, I'm glad you wrote about it and little Sunny.  Dev Patel is a special actor and I think this role tapped into some dark stuff for him.  Did you know that in spite of the sex scenes the director specifically did not film Rooney and Dev kissing because that is considered pornographic in Indian films and the producers wanted to release the film in India.  Funny, that.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 15, 2017 at 6:45am

Excellent recommendation.  R&L

Comment by marilyn sands on March 15, 2017 at 11:29am

Foolish M...I didn't know India's view on sex per se.  I have much more to learn about the country because of this movie.

Comment by marilyn sands on March 15, 2017 at 11:33am

Thanks so much James. These are the films that stay with you after you walk out of the dark theatre & savor its brilliance.

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