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Lion, the Underrated Movie of the Year

Ashleigh Lyons, Staff Writer

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Lion was up for six Oscar Nominations; Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Original Music Score, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Sadly, they did not win any. If that doesn’t tell you to go see this movie before it leaves theatres then maybe a little background will.

Lion is a true story about a 5-year-old boy from India named Saroo who is separated from his older brother one night when he fell asleep on an empty train, and awoke to it traveling far away from his home town. After wandering around India for months trying to find his family and a way home, someone brings him to the police and he is placed in an orphanage, where he is soon adopted and moves to Australia to a new home. The story jumps to 25 years later when Saroo tries to remember his past after suppressing his memory of how he came to be in place for adoption, and his quest to find his real family to let them know he is okay takes over his life. It is a heartbreaking yet heartwarming tale which will surely leave your eyes teary stumbling for a tissue in your bag when you leave the theater. Still thinking about the little boy trying to find his way home. And remembering that this really happened, that this is a true story.

Sunny Pawar who played young Saroo gave a powerful performance. Dev Patel performed as an older Saroo and stole our hearts. They captured what it is to have forgotten your past intentionally, to block out the overwhelming sense of loss and how to cope with having lost your way and changing your life’s path entirely. This movie was a revelation of what it is to lose yourself and find it again, it shows the importance of family, and how deep the roots are that tie you to your sisters, brothers, and parents together.

I give this movie a 10 out of 10. It hit all the right emotions, I laughed, I cried (a lot), and couldn’t stop thinking about the movie afterward.  If tears and adorable little child actors who grow up lost are your thing, give Lion a shot. Even if it didn’t win any of the Oscars it deserved.

If you’re looking for a movie where a box of tissues will be splayed out beside you, or if you are in the need of a good cry, see Lion.

Over 80,000 children go missing in India each year. As part of the #LionHeart campaign, they are collaborating with extraordinary organizations working on the ground to protect children in India and around the world. Your contribution will provide critical financial support to enable these organizations to do even more. You can make a difference in the lives of children just like Saroo. Here’s how: Support our charity partners; Childhood to Livelihood, Child Line 1098 Night & Day, Railway Children; Fighting for Street Children. Donate at http://lionmovie.com/#charity

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