Directed by Garth DavisStarring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Sunny PawarRating = 4.5/5Here’s my contender for the most tear-jerking film of the year.
For such an inspiring story with incredible acting, a soothing score and wonderful cinematography, it’s hard not to feel a lump in your throat once the end credits roll.
That was certainly the case for me.
Based on true events, a young Indian boy becomes separated from his family and with no way of knowing his way home,
finds himself being put up for adoption and continues living his life with new foster parents in Australia.
Years later he decides to carry on with the search for his real family, and the effects it has on both him and his new family gradually start to show.
Giving a wonderfully layered performance, Dev Patel is fantastic as the young man looking to find out where he came from,
showing the determination but also the inner turmoil as his past affects him more and more.
Sunny Pawar as Patel’s younger self carries the first half of the film with a natural ease, and with both performances the audience become completely invested.
Nicole Kidman and David Wenham as the Australian foster parents show both care and vulnerability in their equally sublime performances.
The film does a great job in capturing the country of India itself in a very profound way.
Though there is some drastic difference compared to other places, not just culturally but economically too, it is neither shown in a good or bad way and, much like the film suggests,
is still considered home for some people.There’s so much not just to enjoy but also learn from this film.
It really opens your eyes to how important family can be, and though we may never forget where we came from, we should be grateful to have had such privileges.