Ang Lee – life of pi

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Life of Pi is based on the novel by Yann Martel. It is the story recounted by Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel of how he survived a shipwreck when he was 16 years old. It was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won four for Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. It was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards and won Best Original Score.

Soul Stars – Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Tabu, Adil Hussain, Gérard Depardieu

What we like

  • The story line is totally captivating from growing to understand Pi, to joining him not only on his journey for survival but his life journey as if you were there
  • The cinematography is amazing in this movie. Even though the circumstances are bleak we are reminded of the beauty within the moment and it is magnified through the enhanced visuals
  • The music also captures the mood of the whole movie and further magnifies the experience of beauty and appreciation.  Beautiful songs include Pi’s Lullaby

Soul experience

  • So much of life can be beautiful and yet so much of what we create or are exposed to can be so black. In this story we are introduced to a boy who wonders and devotes himself to the different religions of the world and captures the essence of each. Through this earlier experience he is able to adapt to circumstances that would seem impossible. In the end we are introduced to what could have been the truth. No matter the circumstances it is important to choose wisely on where to focus in order to move forward in a productive way

To reflect on

  • Writer: So, you’re a Christian and a Muslim?
    Adult Pi Patel: And a Hindu, of course.
    Writer: And a Jew, I suppose?
    Adult Pi Patel: Well, I do teach the course on the Kabbalah at the University. And why not? Faith is a house with many rooms.
    Writer: But no room for doubt?
    Adult Pi Patel: Oh, plenty. On every floor. Doubt is useful. It keeps faith a living thing. After all, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it has been tested.


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