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Not recommended under 12; parental guidance to 15 due to scary and disturbing scenes and themes
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|Children under 12||Not recommended due to scary and disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children 12 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to scary and disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children 15 and over||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Lion|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Lion is based on the true story, A Long Way Home, written by Saroo Brierly about his life.
Saroo (Sunny Pawar) was born in the slums of India and lived with his mother (Priyanka Bose), older brother Guddu (Abhishek Bharate) and younger sister Shekila (Khushi Solanki). Both boys have to help their mother by working with her, carrying stones and helping to feed the family in resourceful ways. Saroo’s mother also works at night and leaves the boys to look after their baby sister. However, Guddu also works at night, leaving the two younger ones alone. One fateful night, Saroo, aged five, begs his brother to let him come along. Against his better judgement Guddu relents but after a short train ride, Saroo falls asleep. Guddu leaves him to sleep on a bench on the platform. Saroo awakes to find himself alone in the dark and wanders onto a stationary train. He falls asleep again and wakes up to find that he is trapped on the train which is now moving fast. The train travels 1500 kilometres and when Saroo is finally able to escape he is stranded on the streets of Calcutta.
He faces many dangers there from unscrupulous men who try to capture him for nefarious reasons. He meets Noor (Tannishtha Chatterjee) who takes him home, only to introduce him to a creepy man who physically inspects him. Saroo runs away, and after living on the streets for two months, ends up in an overcrowded orphanage. There he is selected for adoption Tasmanian couple, Sue (Nicole Kidman) and John Brierly (David Wenham).
Saroo grows up in a loving family and goes on to higher education in Melbourne but his past haunts him continuously. He decides to try to find his birth mother and, with the use of Google Earth, eventually identifies his hometown. He goes back to India to look for his birth mother.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Poverty; abandonment; separation from family; adoption
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Lion is a true story based on the autobiographical book, A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly. Telling of his accidental separation from his family, adoption and search for his birth mother, it is a highly emotional but beautifully portrayed story of courage and tenacity.
The scenes of poverty in India are quite distressing, and these scenes and the film’s themes make it more suitable viewing for teens and adults. It is therefore not recommended for children under 12, with parental guidance recommended for the 12 to 15 age group.
The main messages from this movie are the bonds between a mother and her child and the importance of a loving family.
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children the issue of inter-country adoption and the importance of looking after those who are not as well off as others.
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