Lion is an emotionally powerful movie. The plot is overlaid with the waves of emotions that Saroo experiences at different points, so that a few inflection points serve to power an almost two hour film. But it doesn’t feel overdone.
It tells the story of a young boy, living in poverty, who is caught on a train that leaves him hundreds of miles from home. From there, he survives until he is adopted by a family in Tasmania. His second struggle, as an adult, is to journey home, to find his mother.
Saroo, it turns out, now lives in Tasmania. There’s a scene at the end of the movie, where you see he and his adoptive mother visiting his birth mother. It’s powerful, but also strange to imagine a camera filming it. It can’t have been the first visit, surely, that they bought a film crew?