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Lion

  • 2016
  • PG-13
  • 129min
  • 86%
  • 8.1 / 10

The life of a young boy named Saroo turns upside down when he gets unwittingly separated from his loved ones after falling into a deep on a train going to Calcutta. Left to fend for himself, Saroo finds himself alone in a foreign city where he knows no one and does not even understand the language. The movie follows Saroo through his life as he copes with his predicament, eventually growing older, with this older Saroo being played by Dev Patel, and becoming determined to find his way home to his mother and siblings whom he left behind, with the help of many others along the way.

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Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival that year, Lion was met with strong critical praise and became a financial success as well during its theatrical run, making it one of the most financially successful Australian movies of all time, among the likes of Crocodile Dundee, Babe, and Mad Max Fury Road. Lion was nominated for a number of awards, including six Academy Awards and a Best Picture award among them, though it did not win. Critics found the performances by the lead actors to be strong and genuine in conveying what is also a deeply inspirational story in a genre that can often find itself full of clichéd melodramatic tales leaning toward the ridiculous. Lion stands as a success of biographical filmmaking and adaptation.

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Lion is a 2016 Australian drama biopic directed by Garth David. The screenplay was written by Luke Davies, based on the autobiographical book A Long Way Home written by Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose. The movie was produced by Iain Canning, Angie Fielder, and Emile Sherman, and stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, and David Wenham. Production on the film was handled by The Weinstein Company, and distributed by The Weinstein Company in the US and Transmission Films in Australia, on a budget of $12 million, earning over $140 million at the box office.