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Lion -- Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
Lion -- Clip: Meeting John and Sue
IMDb on the Scene: Season 2: Episode 2 -- 'Lion' stars Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel talk about the tremendous pride they have for their uplifting film.
Lion -- Actor Dev Patel, known for his roles in 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' has been nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the 2016 drama 'Lion.' What other roles has he played over the years?
Lion -- Clip: Don't Know What Its Like


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Release Date:
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A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 60 nominations See more »
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Powerful story, will move you to tears. Be sure to bring plenty of Kleenex. See more (182 total) »


  (Cast overview, first billed only)

Sunny Pawar ... Young Saroo

Abhishek Bharate ... Guddu

Priyanka Bose ... Kamla
Khushi Solanki ... Young Shekila
Shankar Nisode ... Shankar

Tannishtha Chatterjee ... Noor

Nawazuddin Siddiqui ... Rawa
Riddhi Sen ... Café Man

Koushik Sen ... Police Official
Rita Boy ... Amita
Udayshankar Pal ... Liluah Teacher (as Uday Shankar Paul)
Surojit Das ... Shonedeep / Haunted Boy

Deepti Naval ... Mrs. Sood

Menik Gooneratne ... Swarmina

David Wenham ... John Brierley
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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sensuality.
118 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:G (British Columbia) | Chile:TE+7 | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIA | Hungary:12 | Ireland:PG (IFCO) | Japan:G | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 | UK:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #50757)

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Nicole Kidman sweetly congratulated fellow Academy Award nominee, Isabelle Huppert, with a gracious kiss on the hand at Paris Fashion Week o The pair were snapped together at the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2017 show following the Oscar nominees announcement.See more »
[At around 1hr Saroo goes into kitchen to get a beer... on the way back he sees some Jalebis... a fried Indian desert on the counter in a plate... a memory takes him back to his childhood with his older brother Guddu. He smells it and takes a bite slowly as his girl friend Lucy comes beside him]
[then with concern]
Lucy:You OK ?
Male Dinner Guest:[a male dinner guest comes in the kitchen also and places his hand on Saroo's back] Saroo ?
Saroo Brierley:I'm not from Calcutta... I'm lost
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82 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
Powerful story, will move you to tears. Be sure to bring plenty of Kleenex., 15 September 2016
Author: FelixFelicis from Toronto, Canada

Just saw this at TIFF . I saw the trailer a few days before the screening and I have to admit the trailer alone made me a little emotional. I mean just the thought of a 5 year old separated from his family for 25 years is bad enough, add in the fact that he was lost in India, a country of over a billion people and was the child of an uneducated poor single mother and you are looking at a very stressful situation.

This happens there everyday..and most children never find their way back. They either end up dead or in the hands of heartless people who use children for various illegal / unethical operations. The fact that one boy survived this situation and went on to tell his story is very inspiring and this fantastic film did justice to showing it on screen.

There wasn't a single scene in the movie which doesn't suck you in. Hats off to Dev Patel. He managed to make you feel the character's pain just by the way he looked at a jalebi (indian sweet that his brother and him fantasized about back in India). Special shoutout to the young actor who played little Saroo. His performance blew me away. It would be difficult to watch any child go through what he did and the fact that he was absolutely adorable looking made it even harder.

The movie explores some great themes: What happens to lost children in developing countries? How do poor, illiterate citizens of a country go about finding their lost children...who helps them? What are the dangers faced by these lost children? Why do certain people choose to adopt? How do adopted children adapt to their surroundings? Especially when they're transplanted so many miles away from home where they do not even speak the language. Do children every fully recover from traumatic childhood experiences? Does one forget their original family if they never see them again after the age of 5? As an adopted child do you ever completely feel like you fit into your new life? What is the bond with your adoptive parents like? The film touches upon all these themes while primarily being about the physical and emotional journey of a young man finding his way back home with very few clues to work with.

I kid you not, I could hear the whole theatre crying during several parts of the movie and most people had tissues in their hands. So be prepared. If you're in the mood for a heart wrenching drama with an uplifting ending, go watch this one once its out! The lead cast as well as supporting members have all done a wonderful job. You will not be disappointed!

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