Dir. Garth Davis. Australia, 2016. 1h 58m. English/Bengali/Hindi/subs. Starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Sunny Pawar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Aditya Roy Kapoor.
This emotional odyssey tells the true-story of five-year old Saroo, who gets lost on a train and finds himself on the streets of Kolkata, eventually being adopted by an Australian family. 25 years later, he sets out on a journey to find his forgotten hometown and reunite with his family. Garth Davis’ emotionally compelling tear-jerker has been nominated for six Oscars, including Best Motion Picture, and won Best Supporting Actor (Dev Patel) and Best Adapted Screenplay at this year's BAFTAs.
’This big-hearted film does full justice to the horror, the pathos and the drama of his postmodern odyssey.’ ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
’Inescapably moving without going overboard, it’s quite a film debut for director Garth Davis…A story with this much built-in emotion doesn’t need milking, but a certain holding back’ ★★★★ Tim Robey, The Telegraph