Lion is the amazing story of a man who got lost when he was just five and then found his way back home 25 years later, traveling from Australia to India.
“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.”
If Dev Patel keeps this up he might just win an Oscar one of these days, or at least get nominated for one. And as far as commercial success goes, if the Weinstein Company play their cards right, I could see this turning into another Slumdog Millionaire. The one complaint I have is maybe the title, it doesn’t say anything about the movie (not that it has to say, but in this case it would help) and after watching the trailer I’ve yet to understand why Lion and not something else. Maybe it will make sense after watching the movie, or so I hope.
Lion was directed by Garth Davis who made his feature directorial debut here, and I have to say this looks like a very promising start for him. Luke Davies penned the screenplay based on the book “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley, the same Saroo played by Dev Patel in the film. Also starring in Lion are Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman.
Lion will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival next month before opening in November 25th in select theaters.