LION (Australia, 2016) – Short review

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for Cinetalk.net

An Oscar contender, Gareth Davis’ Lion is the (true story)of a five year old Indian boy under the care of Australian foster parents after he got lost in his native country. The new technologies of the day (namely Google Earth) helped him find his way back 25 years later. It stars Dev Patel(Slumdog Millionaire), Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman.

In time for Christmas Holidays, Lion is your feel good movie with postcard images sustained by elevator music. It is no surprise to learn Davis is an award winning commercials director as the ensemble is one good publicity for our Google friends and the average length of shots is about 3 seconds.

And if Lion doesn’t get a nomination for Nicole Kidman’s hairdressing it means the whole Oscar contending market is a set up.

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