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1,184 Ratings


Directed by Garth Davis
United States, 2016


A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

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Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | 6 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

BAFTA Awards

2017 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Actor

2017 | 3 nominations including: Best Supporting Actress

Directors Guild of America

2017 | 2 nominations including: Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director

Google Earth has finally made a movie, which only seems surprising at first, because while it’s hard to believe this story actually happened, it’s easy to believe this film was made… Watching [Patel’s character] search Google Earth for his hometown is boring, but it posits the West as a place where people look into computers all day, while in the developing world people carry rocks for a living. This stark distinction would not pass muster in a film made by UNICEF.
February 24, 2017
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Davis uses close-ups sparingly and hits no false notes; cinematographer Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty) creates a child’s perspective by setting the camera at the hero’s eye level and conveys the grandeur of India through sweeping panoramic and overhead shots.
December 22, 2016
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The film’s fundamentally chronological structure makes for a somewhat sluggish initial half hour or so; it would likely have been more effective to open with Saroo in adulthood and flash back to his childhood throughout. Once Patel shows up to kick off Saroo’s seemingly impossible quest, however, only the truly hard-hearted will remain unmoved. The film is spikier than you might expect, based on the synopsis; there’s a joyful reunion, but it’s tinged with genuine sorrow and regret.
December 21, 2016
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