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Dev Patel plays Saroo, who was separated from his brother, sister and mother at a very young age. He ends up inadvertently on a train that takes him to Calcutta, nearly 2000 km away. After living on the streets of Calcutta and in an orphanage, he was adopted by parents (played by Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) from Tasmania. He attends hotel management school, meets his girlfriend Lucy (Rooney Mara), and learns about Google Earth. This awakens his desire to search for his original home. All I can say is that this is a really uplifting story; it is good to watch films like this that are well acted and make you feel good at the end. The themes about family and knowing where you are from seem so universal. All of the performances are really good, but my favorite was the little kid who plays young Saroo – he is adorable but also a very good actor. The camera work was such that it made the viewer see the world through young Saroo’s eyes. I also really liked the theme song, “Never Give Up”, by Sia.  Thumbs up from me for a moving film based on a true story of a young man who had the determination engage in his search regardless of the consequences.  It offers such a nice escape to a world where there is such goodness and happiness.

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