A young Indian boy is adopted by an Australian couple. 25 years on, he searches for his long-lost family with the few memories he has left of his childhood.

If you don't leave "Lion" in a flood of tears, you might question your humanity. The story itself is so extraordinary, there is very little for the film to do. Nonetheless, the opening chapter is heartbreaking, watching a young Saroo navigate the chaos of India and observe those small interactions that brilliantly capture the strong relationship with his family. In Australia, the search for his birthplace is handled a little haphazardly, and is a far less riveting and memorable section of the film. But don't dismay, all is vindicated in the triumphant ending. Hope comes to life.

Anthony Macali

Wide Release 19th January 2017
Transmission Films 118 mins