I just finished watching the movie Lion and wow – my nose is stuffed, my eyes are puffy. What an emotional movie, really well done.
Have you seen it? It’s a biographical film directed by Garth Davis and written by Luke Davies. It’s based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose. The movie cast includes Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman.
I’ll try to summarize without giving the whole movie away. Set in rural India, a young boy Saroo lives with his mom, his little sister, and his older brother, Guddu.
Guddu and Saroo steal coal from freight trains to trade for food and one day Saroo followed his brother to a job and the two end up being separated. Little Saroo boards a train and ends up in Calcutta, very far away form his family. Through a sequence of events, Saroo, unable to explain where he is from, ends up being adopted by a couple from Tasmania, Sue and John Brierley. Then as an adult, Saroo, unable to let go of the past and the memories of his brother, begins his search to reconnect with his biological family in India.
Being an adoptee myself, I can relate to some of the feelings he may have gone through, although the circumstances are unalike. I don’t have any memory of South Korea, I really don’t know any details about my biological family, but I think I carry the pain of not knowing. That said, I accept I have questions that won’t ever be answered.
I wish I could adopt a baby. Ha. Feels strange to write that out. I mean, I have the experience of having a biological child, but I always felt I had so much love to give, why not adopt too. It’s expensive though — probably not within my reach financially and I’m single. Not many countries permit singles to adopt. Reality is though, there are children, lots of them, who need homes, need families, and above all, need love.
There was a poignant part in the movie when Saroo’s mom told him that she had chosen to adopt him not because she couldn’t bear to have could have chose to have children of her own, but she chose to adopt Saroo. She goes on to describe a vision she had as a 12 year old and I found this part in the movie so moving. I have a vision of Dev Patel’s face as he listened to his mom and it brings me to tears. Great quality acting in this movie. I recommend you watch it if you haven’t already.
I’ll leave you with this pic of me and my brothers.