Lion: gripping, tragic … overall inspiring

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Lion opens with a directorial triumph… There’s no need for subtitles with the astounding directing of this movie. Director Garth Davis uses the camera as a tool to visually connect the viewing audience to little Saroo’s gentle older brother and deep love this family has for one another.

Saroo finds himself separated from his older brother and begins a heartbreaking yet simultaneously heartwarming journey to self-discovery.

Dev Patel (Saroo as an adult) portrays the conflict between respect and love for his adopted mother Sue Brierley (portrayed by Nicole Kidman) and the deep-seated longing to see his birth mother Fatima (portrayed by Priyanka Bose) with the perfect amount  of angst and curiosity portraying the believability of Saroo’s conflict to the viewing audience.

Saroo’s love interest is less… than interesting. Lucy, (Rooney Mara) although lovely, seems to have very little interested in Saroo’s quest to find his family. Ultimately Lucy comes off as being disconnected from Saroo and emotionally unsympathetic to his need of finding his family.

The backdrop of India stands up to the profound complexity of this story line. Viewers can travel with Saroo, through beautiful landscapes and experience first hand India’s lively culture. Lion gives a nod to adoptive parents everywhere regardless of culture; showcasing the emotional journey both the adoptive family and the family of origin may experience.

One word summation: Breathtaking!

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About Dawn McReynolds

Originally from Michigan, Dawn McReynolds is a state-certified trainer in collaborative communication and certified cognitive behavioral consultant. Growing up on the old black-and-white movies of the 1950s, she inherited a passion for film from her father. Her favorite genres include horror, sci-fi and anything "out there" or unique. "In the beginning we talk together, we enter a process of change by listening to one another, we find success by acknowledging together."