Lion ★★★★

After my public screening of Lion, the gents' bathroom was filled with men splashing water across their faces in an attempt to remove any evidence that Garth Davis' movie had induced the sort of bawling you might expect from a bobby-soxer at an early Sinatra gig. The film never cheaply tugs at the heart strings, but it's often quietly devastating, exploiting every man's greatest fear, that of upsetting his mother. Lion's protagonist has not one, but two mothers to worry about. What stress!

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