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In Lion, people and places nearly forgotten // Brisbane Times Ipswich

It becomes a film of languid rhythms and earned catharsis, constructing a mood of imperceptible hollowness that slowly moves to the third act. Davis’s direction is unobtrusive – it’s a film where the conversations flow naturally, stopping and starting and changing between tones; and the narrative gradually falling into place, happy to observe Saroo’s initially fruitless search for minutes at a time. It includes messy, awkward, emotional scenes of his gradually strained relationship with his girlfriend Lucy (Rooney Mara). It considers the pins on the screen, signs of something that might be imaginary and nearly disappeared; and his wall of printed out maps, stuck together with tape, gradually becoming a wall from the outside world. The open, empty spaces are now ones of disconnection, that hold the void of loneliness, of yearning to discover but not wanting to upset his parents. “Worlds change,” he says. The image is now so blurry, is he even able to follow it?It becomes a film of languid rhythms and earned catharsis, constructing a mood of imperceptible hollowness that slowly moves to the third act. Davis’s direction is unobtrusive – it’s a film where the conversations flow naturally, stopping and starting and changing between tones; and the narrative gradually falling into place, happy to observe Saroo’s initially fruitless search for minutes at a time. It includes messy, awkward, emotional scenes of his gradually strained relationship with his girlfriend Lucy (Rooney Mara). It considers the pins on the screen, signs of something that might be imaginary and nearly disappeared; and his wall of printed out maps, stuck together with tape, gradually becoming a wall from the outside world. The open, empty spaces are now ones of disconnection, that hold the void of loneliness, of yearning to discover but not wanting to upset his parents. “Worlds change,” he says. The image is now so blurry, is he even able to follow it?

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