Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Sunny Pawar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Aditya Roy Kapoor
Director: Garth Davis
Running Time: 119 minutes
Certificate: PG - contains scenes of emotional intensity and mild threat
NOMINATED FOR 6 OSCARS INCLUDING BEST PICTURE, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (DEV PATEL) & BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (NICOLE KIDMAN)
BAFTA WINNER: BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (DEV PATEL) & BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
NOMINATED FOR 4 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS INCLUDING BEST FILM (DRAMA), BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (DEV PATEL) & BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (NICOLE KIDMAN)
"Lion will rip you into a thousand pieces. Dev Patel gives Saroo a bitter, self-flagellating core in a role (and film) which infinitely improve on Slumdog Millionaire. Also excellent, Nicole Kidman enriches the film enormously; the Best Supporting Actress Oscar must be hers to lose"
- Tim Robey, The Telegraph
"Lion is an astonishing true story treated with an admirably light artistic touch. Despite its epic scope it maintains an intimacy with our hero that is so engaging, you can’t help but feel lost with him. Kidman is the most impressive she’s been in years - during one short but excruciating scene she gives a mini acting masterclass"
- Dan Jolin, Empire
"An affecting, confident feature debut from Garth Davis, full of poignant, eloquent detail and an emotional swell of a climax. Nicole Kidman delivers some of the finest work of her career as Sue, mother to Saroo and his adoptive brother"
- Wendy Ide, The Observer
"The first half is so vivid it hurts; that it all happens so quickly adds to the (magical) realism. Dev Patel is far more nuanced than in Slumdog Millionaire. Nicole Kidman has shuffled dutifully through a string of blah films of late - it’s great to see her stretched"
- Charlotte O’Sullivan, Evening Standard
In Lion, five year-old Saroo gets lost on a train travelling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven.
Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, he suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification, and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning. With just a small store of memories, and the help of a new technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times.