Viisivuotias intialaispoika joutuu eroon perheestään Kalkutan kaduilla ja ajautuu tuhansien kilometrien päähän kotoaan. Monien vastoinkäymisten jälkeen hän saa uuden kodin, kun australialainen pariskunta adoptoi hänet. 25 vuotta myöhemmin hän haluaa löytää juurensa sekä kadottamansa perheen ja alkaa Google Mapsin avulla kartoittaa, mistä voisi olla kotoisin.

Perustuu Saroo Brierleyn omaelämäkertaan A Long Way Home. Elokuvaa tähdittävät Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara, Abhishek Bharate ja Nicole Kidman, joka sai juuri roolistaan Oscar -ehdokkuuden!


”Dev Patel excels in incredible postmodern odyssey. The true story of a foundling Indian boy who locates his mother years later via Google Maps is given the treatment it deserves in this intelligent, heartfelt film. 

Everyone says that modern GPS and digital technology are wiping out jeopardy and making storytelling impossible. Well, that is very much not the case with Lion, the extraordinary true story of how a foundling Indian boy, estranged from his home village by the cruellest of fate and growing to adulthood far from home, used Google Maps to find his mother.

Screenwriter Luke Davies and first-time feature director Garth Davis have responded to this incredible situation with a heartfelt film combining intelligent attention to detail with a necessary sense of their story’s simplicity and strength. Dev Patel brings his A-game to the leading role, newcomer Sunny Pawar is wonderful as his character’s younger self and Nicole Kidman gives a very decent performance as the adoptive mother.

– This big-hearted film does full justice to the horror, the pathos and the drama of his (Patel) postmodern odyssey.”

★★★★  Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian 

”Nicole Kidman's Oscar contender will rip you to pieces.  True stories of the somebody-got-famous kind are a dime a dozen in cinema. But the one in Lion, involves no one you’ve ever heard of, doesn’t star a soul you’ll recognise for its first 40 minutes, and will rip you into a thousand pieces.

– Patel, so often encouraged to be cutely naïve, exudes all the right kinds of pain here, but also gives Saroo a bitter, self-flagellating core which feels like an especially brave choice, in a role (and film) which infinitely improve on his breakthrough in Slumdog Millionaire.

While Rooney Mara has a fairly limited function as Saroo’s girlfriend, Kidman enriches the film enormously. It’s a sterling, supportive performance.

– Kidman’s Sue has her own story to tell, and holds onto it forcefully in the domestic scenes: she can embarrass her son with pride and love, but she’s also a fascinatingly strained figure, often barely keeping her grip. Right now, the Best Supporting Actress Oscar must be hers to lose.

Inescapably moving without going overboard, it’s quite a film debut for director Garth Davis, best-known for his collaboration with Jane Campion on Top of the Lake. A story with this much built-in emotion doesn’t need milking, but a certain holding back: it’s a smart move to have the dropped pins and smudged details of online mapping do all this for us.”

★★★★ Tim Robey, The Telegraph

”India's wandering star. The true story of Saroo Brierley, lost as a child and reunited with his family 25 years later, is told in Garth Davis’s affecting feature debut. 
There’s something unbearably potent about the image of a tiny, fragile child alone in a vast empty space. The audience fills the frame with dangers of our own making, crowding in on the little lost figure at the centre of the shot. From the moment director Garth Davis places his camera high above a desolate railway station to capture five-year-old Saroo (the remarkable Sunny Pawar), vulnerable and separated from his older brother, we are emotionally snared by this story. 
– Dev Patel deploys star-making charisma in the role of Saroo… – And Nicole Kidman delivers some of the finest work of her career…”

★★★★ Wendy Ide, The Guardian


Ohjaus: Garth Davis

Käsikirjoitus: Luke Davies

Näyttelijät: Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara, Abhishek Bharate ja Nicole Kidman.

Levittäjä: Finnkino Oy

Kieli: Englanti, bengali, hindi. Tekstitetty suomeksi. 


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