Review: Five-year old Saroo gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, India, thousands of kilometres away from home and family. He survives many challenges until he is adopted by a couple in Australia. Twenty five years later he sets out to find his lost family by using Google Earth.
Director: Garth Davis
Actors: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara
One amazing true story and a film that is very well told. I did not know anything about the story beforehand. This is Garth Davis’ debut as a director of a feature film and I hope to see much more of him in the future. Nicole Kidman’s husband did remind me of Aaron Eckhart. Amazing performances from both the young and the old Saroo. Dev Patel is such a talented actor and so versatile. When watching this you don’t think of it as Dev Patel: you think that it is the real guy himself. The journey and the emotions that he goes through feel so real. In total it took him 8 months to prepare for this role. He had to develop a new physique-attend several hours in the gym, grow a beard and develop an Australian accent (with Tasmanian dialect). He also visited Saroo’s orphanage in India and took the original train ride. His initial audition for this film lasted six hours. Rooney Mara isn’t in this as much as I thought she would be but her performance is very striking. It is a performance that you wouldn’t forget. Also a very strong performance from Nicole Kidman. The cinematography was beautifully captured in every frame. A very heartfelt film. I want everyone to think about this: that it is reported that in India there are over 80,000 children that go missing each year and there are over 11 million children living on the streets. At the Bafta Awards in 2017 this won two awards. They were for Best Supporting Actor (Dev Patel) and for Best Screenplay (Adapted).