The Journey Home
Rich Themes & Performances
Complex themes of identity, isolation, and the relationship between mother and child, paralleled with raw and unwavering performances from Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, make for a genuine and immensely moving tale of the tenacious lengths one man will go to uncover his true origins.
Begin at the BeginningLion immerses viewers from the very beginning, taking them on a visually stunning and emotionally poignant journey, in which Saroo must reach deep within himself in order to discover a life and family he lost many years ago.
The film opens in Ganesh Tilai of Khandwa, India, a small and rugged neighborhood that is home to 5-year old Saroo, his mother and his brother and sister. The loving relationship between Saroo and his mother is immediately apparent, and despite his young age, Saroo is eager to join his older brother, Guddu, working odd jobs in the hopes of providing for their family.
However, Saroo’s life is forever changed the night he first attempts to find work with Guddu. After falling asleep on a train while waiting for his brother, Saroo awakens hours later only to find himself being rapidly transported thousands of miles across India, to the bustling city of Kolkata.
Unable to speak the language and with no way of retracing his steps, Saroo relies on luck and intuition in order to survive the harsh city streets, often coming dangerously close to adults with egregious intentions and bodily harm.
Despite his attempts to discover the way back home, fate relocates Saroo into an overpopulated local orphanage, and then, into the loving home of an Australian couple. Once again Saroo embarks on yet another journey, only this time to a new home in the remote island state of Tasmania, a destination where nothing is the same as the only life Saroo has ever known.
Lion opens Sunday, December 25 at 1:00 p.m.