Lion (2016) Wednesday, 08 April 2020

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)


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


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


    None. Religious references and exclamation.


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


    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.


    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.


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

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