The first half is magnificent and heartbreaking - often dialogue free pure cinema. Whilst the second act is more conventional, the performances are very strong and the film maintains its emotional intelligence throughout. A pleasant surprise given the saccharin nature of Lion’s marketing campaign.
Honestly i was expectin more from this movie, a lot more. The first part is very sensible, a raw emotion is felt from the very beginning. The cinematography is superb. Unfortunately the sec act is bad and doesn't know how to keep things on track. Mara is like a ghost here :( Sia's song also is "nah" and doesn't fit perfectly. 7/10.
I rarely cry when I watch movies but with this film I just couldn't hold back the tears. I loved the first half, it was raw and intense but also surprisingly touching. Unfortunately, the second half lost that special spark right until the last scenes, that's when I started crying like a baby. I liked the photography a lot and I think the actors gave really solid performances. Sunny Pawar in particular was phenomenal.
dev and that child actor were both amazing in this. this is a very powerful film about memory and feeling like a part of yourself is lost (and then finding that and redeeming yourself). i think the cynics that weren't swayed have not experienced that feeling. this could have been corny, oscar-bait, and I went in thinking this, but this was simply a good film if watch closely and let yourself believe (lol)
A small Indian boy Saroo is left on the platform by his brother, jumps on the standing train then ends up a thousand miles away lost in every way. He suffers many perils but winds up being adopted by an Australian family with Nicole Kidman as his new mother in Tasmania.
Can we at least be thankful this film has the decency to unfold chronologically? Accepting we might watch scenes without stars, not spoken in English... then it unfolds with inevitability, feelings yelled loudly despite a certain grace in the moving first half. Davis relies a tad heavily on montage, and maybe with space and silence his films will breathe. Of course I was terribly moved.