Lion (2016) Saturday, 21 September 2019

Lion (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch:

    It's all about the journey.

  • Starring:

    Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Sunny Pawar

  • Directed by:

    Garth Davis

  • Running time:

    118 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A child is hit by a motorbike, pushed/shoved, taken away screaming/kicking, near-hit by a bus, dragged. Suggestion of possible child molestation/beating/child abduction (man examines boy/touches arms and legs/ says "he's exactly what they're looking for"). A child repeatedly hits his head against a wall, slaps own head, lashes out, screams. A person is grabbed by the hair. Furniture kicked, wall punched. Theft. Blood/gore: Corpse, funeral. Bloody hand, forehead. Dying mother/refusing chemo. Scar. Eighty thousand children go missing in India each year mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Sex scene, implied sex (couple in bed together). Caressing, hugs, kissing. Men and children shirtless, boys in shorts/underwear bathing. Woman in nightgown.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Smoking. Reference to alcoholic father. Being "back on the hard stuff" (drugs implied) mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    None. Religious references and exclamation.

  • THEMES:

    Adoption, family, poverty, homelessness, child abandonment, orphans, identity crisis, depression, Google Earth, reunions, brothers, poverty.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dying mother. Estranged son/family. Orphanage setting, funeral procession. Lost child, child scavanging for food/eating apple core from floor. Adapted from A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Sober, stirring, enthralling, emotional, uplifting, wrenching, classy, crowd-pleasing, engrossing, harrowing, heartbreaking, poignant, sensitive, dignified, authentic, moving, gritty, powerful, distressing, gripping, involving. Superb performances from strong cast, tremendous/moving/affecting/nuanced/heartfelt/intricate performance by Dev Patel, excellent/sensitive screenplay, spectacular/arresting/gorgeous cinematography, striking camerwork/framing/production design, international themes, elegant score, stellar direction, incredible/amazing/astonishing/overwhelming true story.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Formulaic. Pedestrian middle section, slightly melodramatic/manipulative, overused flashbacks, second half not as special as first half.

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