Details from IMDB:
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.
I had heard a lot about this movie, knew it was nominated for Oscars and when I was coming home on the plane last week I finally got a chance to watch it (plus I have always liked Nicole Kidman and I’ve come to enjoy Rooney Mara as well 🙂
As usual I won’t go through the story. This one is based on a true story, so I think that makes it immune to spoilers anyway. The begging is quite sad, this poor (literally) boy is all alone and suffers for years before he is adopted. He is, however, street smart and manages to escape from really bad situations before they happen or just get’s really lucky.
The scenery is excellent and the acting is wonderful. I can see why it got nominated for 6 awards. I will also pleased that while this movie alludes to lots of disturbing stuff (sexual abuse, child slavery, violence, grizzly deaths) none of it is shown. The idea and suggestion of it was plenty and I’m glad the director didn’t show us any gory details. I’ll also add that there are some really touching emotional parts, while I didn’t cry I’ll admit there are a couple of times it was close.
On the negative side I will say that when the story jumps a full 20 years, it is strange but I can understand it was done for time. Here’s the weird part, despite this huge jump in time I found the movie really lingered when Saroo is trying to figure out where his home village is in India. I’m sure it’s accurate to what happened in real life but I got bored. Once he does finally get there the movie is almost done.
Excellent movie that I certainly recommend, though not for small children. I would say ages 14+ (but judge for yourself as a parent/guardian). The movie could have been a good 20 minutes shorter but I still give it a solid 8 out of 10. It’s a movie that really shows the meaning of love and family and certainly leaves you with a positive message.