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Ever the innovator, Ang Lee (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, THE ICE STORM) takes on a magical story-within-a-story based on Yann Martel’s celebrated novel.
As related by The Writer (Spall, PROMETHEUS), this is the story of Pi, a zoo-owner’s son in 1970s India who emigrates to Canada along with several animals, including a tiger known enigmatically as Richard Parker. After a storm wrecks their ship, the terrified Pi finds himself adrift in a lifeboat with an equally unnerved Richard Parker, and their relationship develops into one of vitally mutual dependence. Reflecting nature’s splendid beauty and merciless power, Lee’s film employs jaw-dropping 3D and a most convincing CGI tiger.
Add a remarkable performance from newcomer Sharma as Pi, and we have a film both epic in scope and deeply thought-provoking.