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