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  • 2015
  • Australia/UK/US
  • Directed by: Garth Davis
  • Written by: Saroo Brierley, Luke Davies
  • Cast: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman

The true story of Saroo Brierley, who aged five is separated from his mother and family in India, declared lost and adopted by an Australian couple, only to track his family down years later using Google Earth. Hugely emotional, remarkably assured debut from Davis, with fine performances.

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The extraordinary true story of Saroo Brierley, who was born in India, but adopted by an Australian couple after he was separated from his family. At 5 years old he got lost on a train travelling away from his home. Years later he yearns to reunite with his family and decides to use Google Earth to track them down. But his memories are hazy and it could take years.

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