Lion–the power of film

Lion recently has been shown in cinemas. I was lucky to see this film at the London Film Festival in October 2016. The place to watch it is the Picturehouse central instead of BFI.


At that time, I have not stayed in London so long, so I was not familiar with this place. I thought it was a cinema. When I arrived around the Picturehouse, I looked into it. It seems to be the theater instead of cinema. So I walked around it for a while. After all, the design of cinema in China is always like this.  comparing with cinema in London, the cinema in China is more modern and conspicuous. But in London, the cinema sometimes has the ancient appearance, scattering at the nook and cranny of London. For instance, the inside of Picturehouse Central seems to have the sense of history and culture. For me, it is more likely to be the place to appreciate the art instead of entertaining.


(WanDa is the biggest chain of commercial cinema in China)


(the photo taken in the Picturehouse Central)

Move to talk about the film–Lion.


I have to admit it is a touching movie. Basically, the movie around love and family affection is always easy to earn abundant tears from their audiences. This movie is same. The aunt seated next to me was pulling in the beginning. At the end, she can’t help crying. I believe it is indisputable that the young actor showed his brilliant performance in the beginning. I was unconsciously worried about his fate and future, the heart went up and down with his experience.when he strayed in the train station, no one helped him- the inexperienced and puny kid. How cruelly the adults are! How indifferent we are! 


Honestly, the most impressive point for me is this story is based on the true story. Through the movie, they tried to arouse people’s attention about the children lost in India. Actually, they party did that, the website they established has already helped plenty of lost children. I always think this is the power of film, it is also one of the films’ charm. As another Korean film which facilitated the establishment of law in terms of protecting minors–Silenced. It is the film also based on the true story that took place at Gwangju Inhwa School for the hearing-impaired, where young deaf students were the victims of repeated sexual assaults by faculty members over a period of five years in the early 2000s.%e7%86%94%e7%82%892

As the hero said at the end of the film.‘We fought all the way,Not to change the world,But not to let the world change us’ It is the path of thorns, hopefully, the film could play the role of forward assistors in this way.


After showing Lion, the audiences gave the film warm applauses. I believe it is not only for this story, this film. But also for the power of film and rejoicing we still have the film!


6 thoughts on “Lion–the power of film

  1. It’s interesting how the venue can shape our appreciation of a film. I haven’t yet been to the Picturehouse Central – it’s relatively new. I hope that cinematic venues diversify and that we’re not always condemned to sit in an impersonal space lined up one after another with noisy popcorn eaters! I haven’t yet seen Lion but I intend to, I’ll go equipped with an abundance of tissues 🙂


    1. Michelle, thanks for your replying. I quite agree that sometimes the noisy popcorn eaters are annoying when watching movies, but it usually depends on what kind of movies I watched. For example, I think the commercial films like the Revengers are ok ( usually I am also one of the popcorn eaters at this time) However when seeing some films such like the Lion, Rififi… I don’t think it is suitable to eat. But I think in the UK, it generally has the better cinematic environment rather than China since there are relatively mature and vivid cinema chains.


  2. I’ve just written a review for this too, I loved this film! It was such a powerful story and o loved every minute of it, even if I did cry my eyes out from start to finish! Loved your review. Amy


  3. Great review, this is the last of the ‘Best Picture’ nominated films that I’ve yet to see – can’t wait! Would you be interested in sharing this as well as your other personal stories with our readers on


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