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This is a somewhat compelling story of a young Indian boy who becomes lost on a train that travels some 1600 miles across India before it stops. Young Saroo disembarks and joins the multitude of homeless children that live on the street of Calcutta. He is finally "captured" by a group who puts children into care and after a while (and a few scares) in adopted by two Tasmanians in the form of Kidman and Wenham. There he grows up and attends university when he is suddenly, compulsively overcome with the idea that he needs to find his mother and brother. He begins a search that seems to have no answer but eventually he hits upon the solution and is finally reunited after 25 years of being apart. Based on a true story, the epilog shows our real protagonists as they are today.
This film is a complete package: A compelling story, gripping drama of a lost child, salvation through adoption by loving parents, and redemption through reuniting with the past. Dev Patel shows real acting chops far beyond the range of "Best Marigold". Kidman showed depth and emotion connection and Sunny Pawar (young Saroo) was excellent as a lost child of India. The cinematography shows both the beauty and grit of India. This is a must see especially for teenagers who think America sucks. This type of film makes you realize how good you have it here and transcends entertainment value for a heaping dose of social conscience.
Grab a whining teenager and go see it.
Edits: 01/14/17Follow Ups:
...saw it at my wife's behest yesterday.
Interesting story, based on real events and people - well done.
But I didn't think it was as good as the reviewers have been saying.
Not in my top 5 this year (LA LA Land is).
Would make a good home video viewing.
I'll look for it when it comes out on video.
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