This week’s Movies for Readers was released in the U.S. last November and should be relatively easy to find now. Lion is based upon Saroo Brierley’s 2014 memoir A Long Way Home in which the author tells his story of becoming lost as a five-year-old and making the terrible mistake of climbing into an empty train car to rest. Two days and 1800 miles later, the boy found himself wandering the streets of Calcutta unable to remember the name of his hometown – or even his own surname. Within a few weeks, he had been rescued from the streets by the agency that eventually adopted him out to an Australian couple.
Twenty-five years later Saroo would experience flashbacks in which he could picture his original family and home. The movie and the book recount his remarkable quest to find those left behind.
The film stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman (as his adoptive mother), David Wenham (as his adoptive father), and Rooney Mara (as his girlfriend). It was directed by Garth Davis and received numerous Golden Globe, Oscar, BAFTA, SAG, and Critics Choice award nominations.
Saroo Brierley with his Australian and Indian families: