Director: Garth Davis.
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara. Australia/UK/USA 2016. 118 mins.
Director Garth Davis brings dramatic heft and shimmering visuals to this saga of five-year-old Saroo (the beguiling Sunny Pawar), who is accidentally stranded in Kolkata, 950 miles from his home in Madhya Pradesh. Afraid and disoriented, he faces overwhelming challenges, but is eventually adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) who lovingly parent him in their native Tasmania. While on a hotel management course 25 years later, the grown-up Saroo (Patel) meets and falls in love with Lucy (Mara), who then helps him to search for the mother he still yearns for back in India. Based on a true story, this is an arresting, emotionally charged and Oscar-worthy tale.