In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “A moving, inspirational, feel good story, in none of the corny ways that those words would suggest.”
“It would take a lifetime to search all the station in India.”
It’s that time of year… The Oscar nominations are out and prestige movies are everywhere. That can be a good and a bad thing. In the last few years we’ve had amazing, but none the less, “Oscar bait” prestige that I really enjoyed. Movies like The Imitation Game, Spotlight and Foxcatcher. But there’s also been plenty of really on the nose, pandering, bullshit faff that is just too impressed with itself. Movies like 12 Years a Slave and Whiplash. I find it hard to articulate why some of these movies feel like authentic artistry, while others come off as desperate and cloying. Whatever it is, I feared I was in for one of those categories, and was so glad I got the other, with Lion.
It’s 1986 in northern India, and five year old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) lives in poverty, but happiness, with his mother (Priyanka Bose) and older brother, Guddu (Abhishek Bharate). Saroo doesn’t just look up to Guddu, he idolises him. One night, Guddu is about to leave their small village and look for work. Saroo convinces his older brother to let him tag along. Guddu’s initial reluctance to bring Saroo Is proven correct when Saroo ends up locked on a train that takes him thousands of kilometres from his family to Calcutta, where he doesn’t speak the language or know his way back home. (more…)