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The Davidson Film Club Presents “Lion,” Saturday, April 24

by | Apr 22, 2021 | Arts & Entertainment, Davidson Film Club, Top Middle Box

The Davidson Film Club is pleased to invite you to a Zoom discussion of the Australian film, “Lion,” nominated for 6 Oscars, winner of 59 prizes at Film Festivals all over the world, and starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.


Directed by Garth Davis

UK/Australia (2016, 1h58)

In English (with some Hindi and Bengali)

7:00 pm Saturday, April 24 

To Join the Zoom Meeting, click on the following link:

Discussion will be led by Carol Armstrong, a clinical psychologist with an active practice in the Lake Norman area.

This is the fourth film in our second virtual series, running from January to June 2021.

There is no membership fee for this program, only the modest cost of the on-line film rental that yields no revenue to the Davidson Film Club.

“Lion” is available by mail from Netflix, if you are a subscriber, or may be rented on either Vudu or Amazon Prime for $3.99 at:


Trailers are available on both platforms if you would like to take a quick peek.

Film Summary:

In 1986, Saroo was a five-year-old child of a poor but happy family in rural India. On a trip with his brother, Saroo soon finds himself alone and trapped in a moving decommissioned passenger train that takes him to Calcutta, 1000 miles away from home. Now totally lost in an alien urban environment and too young to identify either himself or his home to the authorities, Saroo struggles to survive as a street child until he is sent to an orphanage. Soon, Saroo is selected to be adopted by the Brierley family in Tasmania. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

59 wins and 109 nominations at International Film Festivals around the world, including 6 Oscar and 4 Golden Globes nominations, two prizes at the BAFTA (British Oscars) Awards and numerous prizes for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, and Best Costume Design.

“The beginning is harrowing, and the end is heartbreaking.” Christy Lemire, What the Flick?!

“If you don’t blubber at the end, you may wish to secede from the human species.” Donald Clarke, Irish Times

“Lion is at once a heartbreaker, a journey for the soul and the senses, and ultimately the life-affirming experience you need it to be.” Kate Rodger, Newshub (NZ)

“A deeply empathetic performance from Dev Patel and an unflinching view of child poverty on the streets of Calcutta provide a winning edge to Lion.” Kevin Maher, Times (UK)

“This big-hearted film does full justice to the horror, the pathos and the drama of Saroo’s postmodern odyssey. . . a heartfelt film combining intelligent attention to detail with a necessary sense of their story’s simplicity and strength.” Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“Lion will most likely go down in history as the patron-saint movie of all people who’ve been lovingly adopted. It captures the horror, danger, loneliness, and vast existential meaningless encountered by lost children.” Mark Jackson, Epoch Times

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We are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization run by volunteers that only exists to bring you fine international fiction films and engage in stimulating discussion about them.

Hope to see many of you on Zoom on Saturday, April 24, for the discussion of this heart-rending but incredibly uplifting film! Share the Zoom link with your friends when you receive it! There is no charge by the Film Club, and there is room for everyone!


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