Lion

Lion

DVD - 2017
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At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Publisher: [United States] : The Weinstein Company, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD LION
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.1 Dolby digital (English, French)
video file,DVD video,region 1

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AL_TIEGAN Aug 07, 2017

Absolutely beautiful story of a man trying to find his family as a way to really find himself. Saroo got lost as a child and ended up in an area where he did not speak the language. He narrowly escaped some dangerous situations and ended up in a children's home from which he was adopted by a coup... Read More »

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AL_KATI Aug 03, 2017

Based on a true story, an adopted man, grateful for his new life and parents, searches for his birth mother, and shows us all that family isn't always just blood.

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AL_ALISON May 17, 2017

Such an inspiring true story. The younger version of the main character is the cutest and most heartbreaking. I did find Dev Patel's characters a little too whiny mid-way through.


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reader7176
Aug 13, 2017

This is movie is one of the best I have seen in a long time. Followed a lost child's journey from age 4 until he was 25 yrs old. Showed the emotional struggle to remember where his first home and the long journey he made to get to the present. The adult struggled with the memory of his Mother,brother and sister while trying to relive the journey he had taken. Despite being adopted by a new set of parents his greatest desire was to try and get to home he had known as a child.
Excellent movie!!

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dublingirl00
Aug 09, 2017

Should have won the 2017 BEST MOVIE Oscar! Stellar acting! Story was brilliant! Directors and producers were amazing! One of the best films I've ever seen!

AL_TIEGAN Aug 07, 2017

Absolutely beautiful story of a man trying to find his family as a way to really find himself. Saroo got lost as a child and ended up in an area where he did not speak the language. He narrowly escaped some dangerous situations and ended up in a children's home from which he was adopted by a couple in Australia. He goes to college for Hotel Management and ends up in a focus group with a number of other students from India, to which he introduces himself saying, "I'm adopted. I'm not really Indian." From there he becomes obsessed with finding his family and, by design, a bit more about himself.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 02, 2017

Best film that I have seen this year. Get it, don't read nothin' about it. Let yourself just discover the story along with "Lion." Watch all the way to the last 30 seconds where you get to see the actual characters of the film. I only knew a tiny, tiny idea about the film before seeing it. If you aren't moved by this film, ask your doctor why.

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Xny555
Jul 30, 2017

Wonderful movie, highly recommend

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22METZ
Jul 28, 2017

Great movie

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jackalopeala
Jul 27, 2017

Wonderful true story + the movie tells it well. And at the end when you see the real people plus why it is called Lion. One of the best films I have seen.

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gloflo2248
Jul 25, 2017

This film should have won an Oscar for "Best Picture". Unbelievable! Fantastic! Heartwarming, true story. To see all those homeless children being abducted and probably human trafficing. When he finally finds his mother still alive after 25 years it was an amazing scene. This movie not to be missed. You won't leave your seat.

JCLStefanieE Jul 21, 2017

Beautiful true story based on the book, "A Long Way Home". It definitely deserves all the Oscar nods it received in 2017. Gorgeous filmmaking coupled with superb acting makes this film a must-see.

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jacinthabrown
Jul 13, 2017

Heartrenching true life tale of a young boy taken far from home and the mammoth effort to find his family. Performances are wonderfully nuanced and capture the emotion of the story with skill. Cinematography is spectacular. A film deserving of its Oscar nominations.

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jimg2000
Jun 12, 2017

You have any idea what it's like knowing my real brother... and mother spend everyday of their lives looking for me? How everyday my real brother screams my name! Can you imagine the pain they must be in for not knowing where I am? 25 years, Luce. 25!
-Why didn't you tell me that's been happening for you?
And we swung about in our ... privileged lives. It makes me sick. I have to find home.
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I was looking out across this field. And I just wanted the earth to swallow me up. And I... I felt an electric current that was like a shock, A shock through my whole body. And then I saw... A brown skinned child across that field. And he was standing beside me. And it was right there and I could feel it so strongly.
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I don't want you to feel, I was ungrateful.
-There wasn't a day, I didn't want to tell you. Saroo. I really hope she's there. She needs to see how beautiful you are!

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jimg2000
Jun 12, 2017

Please could you not do anything while I'm away? eah Yeah... to make mum... more unhappy than you already do.
-Mate... Why do you think I stay away?
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Instructor: We see ourselves as United Nations of hospitality schools. And we'd like to think we teach a global and balanced perspective. You're here because you have a dream. We're here to help make that dream a reality.
Lucy: Yeah and I saw firsthand how the hospitality industry can really bring infrastructure to communities that need it. But I also saw a lot of problems that they cause, which is why community groups need to
be, involved every step of the way, and they need to be taken seriously.
Instructor: And?
Lucy: I guess I want to help facilitate that and help give them a voice.
Instructor: Saroo.
-I want to run hotels, so I put all the profits into my pocket.
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And you didn't speak Bengali?
-I didn't even know it was called that.
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My mum couldn't read or write.
-What does she do?
A labourer, she carried rocks.

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Jun 12, 2017

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Mrs. Sood’s eyes widened when I walked in and introduced myself. We shook hands and then embraced. She was now in her eighties, but she said she remembered me well from when I was a child, despite the number of children who had passed through her care since then. “I remember your mischievous grin. Your face has not changed,” she told me in her excellent English, smiling widely. ... Mrs. Medhora returned with my file and I was able to see the agency’s actual documents of my adoption. The pages were a little faded and fragile, almost as if they could fall apart at a touch. Attached to the file was a photograph of me in Australia, which my parents had sent after I arrived. I was grinning and holding a golf club, standing in front of an old-fashioned golf buggy. There was also a photocopy of my passport, with its photograph of the six-year-old me looking steadily into the camera. My official documents and passport all had my name as “Saru,” which is how it had been recorded since I arrived in the police station. It was Mum and Dad who had decided “Saroo” was a more Anglicized spelling, more like it sounded. The file revealed that I had come to the attention of the authorities in Calcutta after I was accepted into the custody of officers at Ultadanga Police Station on April 21, 1987. I was assessed and taken to Liluah, the juvenile home, where I was classified as a child in need of care. ...

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