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Jonathan Hinshaw - Sunday, February 26, 2017

We watched one of the movies up for Oscar this week, Lion, starring Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel),  Sunny Pawar (new to films, plays Saroo as a young boy), David Wenham (300, Lord of the Rings), Nicole Kidman (The Others, Cold Mountain), and Rooney Mara (Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Side Effects).

Based on a true story of a 5-year-old boy living in India who gets on a train by mistake (by himself) and travels over 1000 miles away from home to Calcutta.  The movie was riveting, even when we knew the story ahead.  The young boy, played by Sunny, was out with his brother trying to find work.  They traveled by train, he was really tired, fell asleep on a train platform while his brother went off to find a job.  He wakes up, does not know where he is, jumps on a train, falls asleep again.  Wakes up to find the train is moving, he is locked in.  It moves for days, finally ends up in Calcutta, where he jumps off. 

Life in Calcutta is no picnic, even worse when you don’t speak the language, and have no friends or family to stay with.  He has one adventure after another, finally ends up in an orphanage.  He and another young boy are adopted by a couple from Australia, played by David and Nicole. 

25 years go by, we now see Saroo played by Dev Patel, a young man who still has no idea where he is from.  The fact that he was lost at age 5 plays hard on his mind, he cannot shake the idea his mom and older brother did not know where he ended up.  He has friends who suggest he use Google Earth to try to trace his path back home, he remembered one significant item about his journey, but that was 25 years ago.   Rooney is his girlfriend, she supports him and tells him to go back to India, he will not rest till that happens.  How he finds the path back is one of the neat parts of the movie, the last 25 minutes are a real emotional ride. 

Stay to the end, see the real people from the movie, this is a real story.  We loved it, one of the best ever.  My sister Jo Ann said we should see it, she is not always right, but this one she nailed!   We’ll go with 4 long train rides. 

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