2017 At the movies May 2017 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the May 2017 Edition

Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar (young Saroo)

Director: Garth Davis

“A five year old boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thou- sands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later,  he sets out to find his lost family.”

This movie is billed as a biography drama. If you remain for a while through the trailers following the movie you will see the actual families and major characters. The story itself is heart- wrenching and beautifully expressed through the actors, screen writing and cinematography. The young actor, Sunny Pawar, has stunning capabilities as the young 5 year old protagonist and is absolutely convincing. Dev Patel (Slum Dog Millionaire, Best Marigold Hotel series) is such a wonderful actor with an emotional range that touches your heart and moves you emo- tionally. So, too, does Nicole Kidman, who plays the adoptive mother and I found her emotional range to be dramatic and realistic. I highly recommend this movie if you are looking for a straight up human drama as it really happened.

The film was nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, cinematography, music (original score), writing (best adapted screenplay)

The IMDB rating is 8.1/10 based on about 92,355 viewers.

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