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Life of Pi (2012)

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A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

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Ang Lee

Writers:

Yann Martel (novel), David Magee (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suraj Sharma ... Pi Patel
Irrfan Khan ... Adult Pi Patel
Ayush Tandon Ayush Tandon ... Pi Patel (11-12 Years)
Gautam Belur Gautam Belur ... Pi Patel (5 Years)
Adil Hussain ... Santosh Patel
Tabu ... Gita Patel
Ayaan Khan Ayaan Khan ... Ravi Patel (7 Years)
Mohd. Abbas Khaleeli Mohd. Abbas Khaleeli ... Ravi Patel (13-14 Years)
Vibish Sivakumar Vibish Sivakumar ... Ravi Patel (18-19 Years)
Rafe Spall ... Writer
Gérard Depardieu ... Cook
James Saito ... Older Insurance Investigator
Jun Naito ... Younger Insurance Investigator
Andrea Di Stefano ... Priest
Shravanthi Sainath ... Anandi
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Storyline

In Canada, a writer visits the Indian storyteller Pi Patel and asks him to tell his life story. Pi tells the story of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, and the origin of his nickname. One day, his father, a zoo owner, explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has hence decided to move to Canada, where the animals the family owns would also be sold. They board on a Japanese cargo ship with the animals and out of the blue, there is a storm, followed by a shipwrecking. Pi survives in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. They are adrift in the Pacific Ocean, with aggressive hyena and Richard Parker getting hungry. Pi needs to find a way to survive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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tiger | india | journey | faith | pi | See All (247) »

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Don't lose hope. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Taiwan | UK | Canada

Language:

English | Tamil | French | Japanese | Hindi | Chinese

Release Date:

21 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una aventura extraordinaria See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,451,514, 23 November 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$124,987,023, 25 July 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$609,016,565, 25 July 2013
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Aspect ratio changes in two scenes. There is 2:35:1 for the flying fish scene and 4:3 for when Pi and Richard lay on the boat and a big glowing fish passes underneath. Aspect ratio shift is something the director always wanted to do since film school and did it in this movie.
  • The 2.35:1 aspect ratio was chosen to enhance the visual depth between the flying fish and the ocean. As Ang Lee said, "Scope was the only way to see this flying fish scene, and with the black areas at the bottom of the frame, I could pull fish out of there."
  • 4:3 was used as a homage to the cover of the book. It's the exact image but with a whale shark added.
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When Adult Pi is telling the story, the camera is reflected in his eyes. See more »

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[first lines]
Writer: So, you were raised in a zoo?
Adult Pi Patel: Born and raised. In Pondicherry, in what was the French part of India. My father owned the zoo, and I was delivered on short notice by a herpetologist, who was there to check on the Bengal monitor lizard. Mother and I were both healthy, but the poor lizard escaped and was trampled by a frightened cassowary. The way of karma, huh? The way of God.
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The making and legal distribution of this film supported over 14,000 jobs and involved over 600,000 work hours. See more »

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Life Of Pi = Best (Art + Story Telling + VFX)
22 November 2012 | by mithil293See all my reviews

According to mythology the journey of life is splayed with different forms of hurdles, the path to salvation lies in standing tall against such hurdles even if the Gods are callous to your understanding. By maintaining hope we try to live up to their expectation, knowing that God will guide us if we keep fighting on our endeavor for greater good. That's pretty much the whole and soul of the movie. Opened first time in India at IFFI 2012 Goa, I was in the mix of lucky few who got to watch the repeat show of this 3D movie adapted from Yann Martel's book of same title.

Piscine Molitor(Pi) Patel as he was named after a swimming pool by his dear uncle apparent by his ardent love for the same. Piscine is born Hindu in Pondicherry India, but as he levels a understanding he begins to peek into other religion and sooner he starts endorsing Christianity and Islam also. His father, a zoo owner pounces upon a chance of relocating the zoo to Canada. On their way to far west with animals on a Japanese ship, tragedy struck on a murderous stormy night capsizing the ship with Pi and a Royal Bengal Tiger left to see the remains. And so the adventures journey of innocent young boy with life threatening feline animal begins.

There was the thunderous applause from the audiences when the tiger gives his first appearance in the safety boat. Spending months to produce the Tiger didn't go waste too, he looked inch perfect and the way he has been handled in the movie is exquisite. The first few scenes are reminiscent of old India with bullock carts, later the landscape changes and so do the people. The characters of hot blooded modern day father, the supporting mother and the story involving the tender love between the protagonist and the girl are delightful however short they may be. The innocence of young Pi through his school years and his introduction to motley of faiths sets up the foundation to his uncanny characterization. But the real fun starts when they are both lost at sea and Pi tries assortment of ideas to keep him as well as the Tiger alive. The movie is never complete without the mention of adequately yet delicately used VFX. It would really be a shame to put into words those magnificently shot sequences and the scale on which the art work is done. This movie epitomizes the correct com-mixture of story with special effects. I could gather so many 'wows' while I was myself devouring on the same scenes. The humor is well prevalent and does lighten up the few still scenes between the two.

Suraj Sharma plays the most significant role in the movie with all his efforts and he wins it in the end. The guy is awesome handling some tough intense scenes in the movie. Irfan Khan playing the narrator as well as the older Pi shows his maturity in the business, patient with the small parts he never misses his character and his narration and dialog's delivery is to die for. Adil Hussain as Pi's father is superb with his character and does contribute a hell lot. Other actors contribute evenly including the computer generated zoo animals. Real salute to the art directors of the movie for putting up such beautiful pictures on screen. Ang Lee is as always incomparable with his cinema, he has definitely reached shore with this movie and a more versatile director in my book.

The older promises the character he is narrating that he will prove him that God exists, well did he or not? For that you have to wait for that amazing climax scene. This is art, storytelling and VFX at his best in a single movie. Who would want to miss that??


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