Release Date: 3 May 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara
New technology has made the world a smaller place, giving people a means to find those that they may otherwise never have found. Such is the case for Saroo (Dev Patel, delivering an almost bang-on Aussie accent) in this entrancing biographical tale. As a five-year-old, Saroo lived with his older brother, sister and mum in India. The two brothers, who filched coal to exchange for staples such as milk, were separated one day, with poor Saroo left at a station all alone. He ended up in Calcutta, from where – lost and frightened – he couldn’t find his way home. Eventually adopted by a Hobart couple, Sue and John Brierley (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham), Saroo was raised in a loving, supportive environment. But as an adult, Saroo felt the call of home – especially after an Indian meal triggered lost memories. With mere snippets of his past and the power of Google Earth, he sets out to find his long lost family back in India. Lion may be a relatively simple tale but it runs the emotional gamut from heartbreaking to uplifting, with more stops in-between than the Indian railway system.