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Life of Pi

Directed by Ang Lee
United States, China, 2012


A harrowing adventure tale of a young Indian boy who survives a dangerous shipwreck and befriends a Bengal tiger. Based on the bestselling 2001 novel by Yann Martel.

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Life of Pi Directed by Ang Lee

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2013 | 4 wins including: Best Achievement in Directing

2013 | 7 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year



New York Film Critics

2012 | 2 wins including: Best Cinematography

Lee is in utter praise of grandiose myth and metaphorical story and he expresses his wild devotion to imagination in blatantly spiritual terms that consistently grow cloying, evened out by stunning imagery that toggles between beautifully tangy and Biblical.
April 05, 2013
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[The] most impressive [aspect of adapting the book into a movie] is the way the film takes Martel’s vivid descriptions—of the ocean’s sparkling depths as “evanescent trails of phosphorescent green bubbles, the wake of speeding fish”—and captures them with eye-popping color, CGI wizardry and stunning 3-D effects.
March 07, 2013
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Life of Pi translates the source material’s abstract, literary concepts… into a physical, eminently cinematic idea. One of the characters at the start of the film anticipates that the story being told is one that will “make you believe in God” but Life of Pi is less a film about God than it is about the spatial dynamics between a boy, a boat and a tiger. It’s this level of intimacy which makes the 3-D compelling and more than a gimmick.
February 01, 2013
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