Life of Pi
Director Ang Lee has turned a visionary book (by Canadian author Yann Martel) into a cinematic vision of sweeping beauty.
“Animals have souls,” 16-year-old Pi (Suraj Sharma) stubbornly informs his father, who runs a zoo in India. “I have seen it in their eyes.” His father then promptly forces his son to watch a tiger devour a tethered goat. That single scene encapsulates the powerful theme at the heart of this remarkable film: the inter-connection of all living things.
When Pi, his family and numerous zoo animals embark on a Japanese freighter in order to emigrate to Canada, a ferocious storm sinks the vessel. Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with several animals, including a tiger. What follows is a fable of coexistence under brutal circumstances.
The film has a lyrical visual grandeur, and Lee provides a virtuoso demonstration of the majesty and intelligence of cinema, leaving the shores of reality far behind. A superb journey!