Lion

Drama • PG-13 • Directed by: Garth Davis • 119 minutes

In LION, five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train travelling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven. Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, he suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification, and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning. With just a small store of memories, and the help of a new technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times.

Other films by Garth Davis

Viewer reviews

A Special Film
★★★★★
I loved this movie. Young and old Saroo (Sheru) were remarkable. The story so heartwarming. — Emkoss

Powerful
★★★★★
This is a movie that does not fail to leave a strong impact on those who watch it. You'll be thinking about it long after it's over. It is filled with emotion, and while it is both sad and happy, the latter feeling tended to dominate and produce the most tears -- happy tears of course. This movie is, in one word, powerful. — noodlestrudel

Outstanding!
★★★★★
* "How far would you go to find your family?"     Until the journey clarifies the task of living. — Perspectives

A must see!
★★★★★
A great based on a true story movie. The acting was awesome! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time...no this isn't s thriller but I loved seeing how this story unfolded and what Saroo had to go through. I'm happy this was made into a film because it was a story worth telling. — maryawhitey

Breathtaking
★★★★★
This masterpiece is one of the most stylish and beautifully crafted films I have ever seen. However, even the cinematic poshness pales in comparison to the magnificence of the story itself. Saroo's tale is sure to touch all hearts as well as shine a light on a situation that is a reality for so many. (Plus, the little actor Sunny Pawar is just adorable!) — THGLUV

Wow
★★★★★
This movie has so much hope and determination in it its such a beautiful movie and it's very emotional. Love it. The graphics are amazing. — RhyanTheQueen2

This movie should have won Best Picture
★★★★★
From the opening sequence until the very last frame of this movie...we were enthralled. BEAUTIFUL from beginning to end, and personally. I cried until I couldn't see. Every scene mattered, every actor was sublime. You will not be disappointed. — TheMitchells808

Excellent and heart wrenching
★★★★★
Although this movie made my heart sore it was well worth watching. Incredible and emotional, this was the best film I have watched in a while. — Joffvr

THE BEST
★★★★★
AMAZINNGNG — I.LOVE.ANIMALS

Great movie
★★★★★
This was a great movie. It was extremely powerful and I definitely recommend you watch it. Parts were slow-moving and sad but it left me and wanting to know more and since it was a true story, it made me a lot more interested. Highly recommend. — Anonymous Person123543

Absolutely a great movie
★★★★★
Great plot,fabulous movie ,every one played so well !!!!! Thank you !!!!!! — dj D77

Amazing
★★★★★
This is the best movie ever it should have won every Oscar this year. Love it — Bacon son

Great inspiring movie!
★★★★★
First time I reviewed a movie but had too after watching this movie! One of the best movies I've seen the last couple of years. — RubenC85

👍
★★★★★
I love this movie it has such a good story and it so heart touching😍❤️ — Lanes 13524

Emotional
★★★★★
I couldn't stop crying, one because one moment you can be crying from sadness and the next your crying from happiness. — ana the apple

Special and touching
★★★★★
This is a great story, well told and acted. All aspects of the movie scintillate, with powerful emotional highs and lows. — Moochiepants

Best movie I've seen recently.
★★★★★
Very well acted, true story, supremely entertaining. Recommending it to anyone that will listen. — rap110

Remarkable
★★★★★
It's been three days since we watched the movie but my brothers are still calling out the names "Saroo" and "Guddu". It sure left a lasting impression. — Nani090489

Great Movie!!!
★★★★★
Great movie about humanity and how depraved people are and also the good in people. Great coming home story! — WhoIsHumDog?

The best movie of 2016
★★★★★
By far the best movie of 2016. — Neal JE

One of the best movies
★★★★★
That movie was one of the best in the face of the earth I would like to say it's one of my favorite movies it is such an inspiring movie I would have to give it five stars because it was so good😁 — THEYELLOWENDER

Best Movie I've seen in a long time
★★★★★
The acting in this movie is superb. Kidman and Patel might have done the movie of their lives. The character Patel plays has almost a sixth sense, sensing danger at such a young age and piecing together memories with Google Earth. The story will "haunt" you for days. Watch it. You won't be sorry. — Plairk

Beautiful Story!
★★★★★
This movie really made me appreciate the things that have become normal to us everyday. The things we forget are special. Very nice put together movie from beginning to end. — Fresh17

Worth every penny
★★★★★
I wanted to see this movie while it was in theaters... but never got the chance! When they say it's a "feel good movie", believe me it is! This movie depicts love, depression, anxiety, inspiration, & hope. So glad to witness great film making. On top great film making you witness true events that helps you forget about all the bad in this world. ❤️ — SaMaNtHaLo0825

fantastic film
★★★★★
Best film made in 2016. Very moving, very emotional. — majojurkovsky

Amazing Movie!
★★★★★
A must see for the whole family. — Cadenf12

Solid
★★★★★
This was a good movie, with excellent performances. The downside is that Nicole Kidman's character is only slightly developed and the character of the husband is completely undeveloped. Still, this was an entertaining film that will make you weep. — Mr. Lucas Brice

Outstanding
★★★★★
Exposes the reallity of abandoned / lost children in India and poor countries. He was lucky an story that fortunate ended up well. Very well directed and great performance by Dev Patel — Charlot Fan

Best Picture
★★★★★
This movie was so well done, in it’s story telling, in the music, in the scenery, I really loved it and absolutely recommend it! — Mariana Bowring

Fantástico
★★★★★
Não tinha expectativa e fiquei emocionado com a história, execução e atores. Adorei! — mmustran

Best movie I've seen since...
★★★★★
...the Patriot and Braveheart. Great story. Little Saroo stole the show. :-) — ferjen

Displacement is so strong
★★★★★
A good balance of realism n formalism. Powerful narration too. A great film about life wandering in polarized cultures and environments. — LucasSu

Lion
★★★★
Based on true story , I fount it very realistic and interesting — Odai1961

Stunning film
★★★★★
I watched this after a friend recommended it to me and absolutely loved it. I'm not much of a crier during movies but make sure you have your tissues ready for this one!! Great performances all around and I can definitely see why Dev Patel got his Oscar nom. The fact that it was based on a true story blows my mind! Don't miss this one. — l_tar

saw this on the airplane !
★★★★
I was on a plane from Taiwan to Japan and watched this movie. The movie was very good. It's based on a true story. Acting was good and story was good. I think the actor portrayed the character well...he was obsessing over finding his family. He remembered several things as a child and found them on Google Earth. Great story... — Fly Fishing for Bonefish !

A Gem
★★★★★
Glad this movie did not pass me by. May not be for everyone, but if you like true stories no matter the drama you will like this. — JC1969

Amazing!
★★★★★
This is a love story, a love for Saroo's home, Mother and Siblings drive him home to find truth. I haven't been moved like this in a long while. I love a movie that will make you laugh and cry. This is a must see and a must own movie. Den Patel really shines in this movie. Honestly I have loved him in all the movies I have seen him in, I am a fan! — Jettquilts

amazing
★★★★★
the story is powerful and as a parent there is nothing more terrifying. the movie had amazing acting and an amazing soundtrack. — V_2009

Amazing
★★★★★
I'm a therapist and work with the heavier side of reality four days a week. I'm a fan of all genres, but I admittedly go to sci-fi if I go out to see a movie. It's lighter, more fun. Well, Arrival was sold out so I reluctantly went to this. I cried. A lot. It moved me deeply and touched a place where our core longings to love and be loved resides...particularly the longings we have for our parents that's unlike any other and shapes all others. It's an exhausting journey but so worth it. You'll feel alive! — ryzakov

You
★★★★★
You — ACT0101

The most powerful film I've ever experienced!
★★★★★
This film is what making movies is all about... It is beyond a film. It is an experience. It captivates you in a way that stays with you and becomes a part of your heart and soul. I cannot speak enough praise and goodness about SUNNY PAWAR. Although the ENTIRE cast is superb, this little boy carried the entire film. He wasn't even an actor to begin with. The writing, the directing, the soundtrack, the acting, the cinematography....I'm speechless. I've never been this captivated by a movie. It has now become a part of me.. . — Apolang

Excellent
★★★★★
Hands down the best movie of 2017. Based on a true story this movie will touch your heart. It is excellent — mkonstantellis

The REAL oscar winner
★★★★★
This was better than moonlight in my opinion. I have not wept SO hard watching a movie for a while and this was super emotionally well acted. Someone needs to give Dave Patel an award. — BeholdDLam

Incredible!
★★★★★
It is such an incredible film. We learn so much from it. The story about Saroo is amazing. I was crying 😢 during it. It is one of the best films of the year. It is so happy at the end when Saroo finds his mother at his first home. I'm glad the film got nominated for some Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. It fills our hearts with care for family. I can't believe that 80,000 children in India go missing every year that is tragic. I'm glad that it was based on a true story. Dev Patel did a really good job playing Saroo. A must see movie! 😻 — Aly Sotelo Edwards

A Must See Movie
★★★★★
This movie is complex with profound themes of home and identity. The acting is excellent. The story is compelling all the way through the film. Most of all, it is heartfelt, and is so very relevant given the political climate about immigrants. It is a must see movie! 😻 — ZunieAZ

Amazing
★★★★★
No movie you are considering watching will fill you with as much hope and joy as this true-life story. — Guitar Villain

Best movie I've seen in a long time
★★★★★
Great movie. Stellar acting especially by the young actor. I can't believe it is a true story Was originally dragged to see this but I'm so grateful I saw it. Like I said it's easily the best movie I've seen in a decade — meowgal

Beautiful
★★★★★
This is a beautiful movie based on true events. It not only opens you eyes and heart to the reality so many children face but also fills you with hope in mankind and what we can do to make this world a netter place by changing one life at a time. Bravo👏🏾 — Boricuadiva

One of the best, most human films I've seen in years...
★★★★★
This movie is an instant classic. It's the same vein of quality and style as the likes of "The Shawshank Redemption," "Slumdog Millionaire," and many more for me—a fresh, true-to-life tale of how love, empathy, and family overcome tremendous adversity and suffering. I saw it twice at the theater, and I told everyone I could about it. I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I have. Hats off and many thanks to everyone involved in the making of "Lion." Bradlii music — yrlk

Looks great!
★★★★★
This looks like a wonderful movie especially since Rooney Mara is a main character! — masonmac123