Lion the True Story of Saroo Brierley

When I saw the trailer for Lion the movie knew I had to see it. The Hubs and I finally watched it a couple of nights ago, I found myself lost in the story, saddened by the facts, and happy at the outcome. Lion the true story of Saroo Brierley, which is based on a non-fiction book called A Long Way Home he wrote. This is a must see movie and will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand April 11th, 2017.

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Lion the True Story of Saroo Brierley

The storyline is set in India around 1986, about Saroo a five-year-old child of a poor but happy family. Saroo watches his mother struggle with supporting the family. Daily he joins his brother as he roams the streets looking for dropped coins. He wants to help so much and accompanies his brother on a trip. After reaching their location of business Saroo is too tired to keep on going. His brother tells him to stay on a bench until he returns. Saroo soon finds himself alone and trapped in a moving decommissioned passenger train that takes him to Calcutta, 1500 miles away from home.

He wants to help so much and convinces his brother to let him with him on a trip. After reaching their location of business Saroo is too tired to keep on going, so his brother tells him to stay on a bench until he returns. Saroo falls asleep and awakens sometime later alone and frightened. He calls out for his brother but gets no response.

Lion the True Story of Saroo Brierley – The Train Ride

Saroo finds himself alone and trapped in a moving decommissioned passenger train that takes him to Calcutta. 1500 miles away from home. Now totally lost in an alien urban environment and too young to identify either himself or his home to the authorities, Saroo struggles to survive as a street child until he is sent to an orphanage.

But soon he is selected to be adopted by the Brierley family in Tasmania, where he grows up in a loving, prosperous home. However, for all his material good fortune, Saroo finds himself plagued by his memories of his lost family in his adulthood. He tries to search for them even as his guilt drives him to hide this quest from his adoptive parents and his girlfriend. He spends nights and days searching and trying to remember bits and pieces of his childhood but ends up empty-handed time and time again.

Lion the True Story of Saroo Brierley – Giving in and then

One night after weeks of endless searching, Saroo is broken, sad and depressed. He begins tapping the button on his laptop with each tap the cursor moves further out on the Google Earth map.

After his final tap, he looks up and realizes that the water tower he had been searching for was there on the map. He looks closer and then a flood of memories comes pouring back. He sees himself as a child running past the tower, around corners, and there he is back at his childhood home.

Lion the True Story of Saroo Brierly – Returning Home

Saroo runs to tell his girlfriend that he found his childhood home, then confesses to his adoptive mother what he had been doing. They encourage him to go back to India and look for his mother, brother, and sister.

He returns to India and finds his mother is no longer in his childhood home, but moved a few blocks away. When they finally see each other after all these years it was like they were never apart. She said she always knew he’d return. Saroo learns that his brother had passed away around the same time he went missing. Saroo tells his mother about his life and then returns back to the US. Later to return with his adoptive mom.

Lion the True Story of Saroo Brierly – More about the movie

Lion had six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. The movie features an astounding cast with Best Supporting Actor nominee Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire). Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and David Wenham (300). Best Supporting Actress nominee Nicole Kidman (Academy Award winner for The Hours) and newcomers Abhishek Bharate and Sunny Pawar. Additional Academy Award nominations include Best Music (Original Score), Best Cinematography and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).

Lion will be on store shelves April 11th. The Blu-Ray and DVD include bonus content like deleted scenes, behind the scenes gallery and “Never Give Up” official lyric video performed by Sia.

Lion the True Story of Saroo Brierley

 

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