It’s 1977, and Pi (Irrfan Kahn), who lives in
Winnipeg, Canada, tells an unbelievable
story. He has studied theology and zoology
and, as he tells it, the tale is enough to make
someone believe in God.
When Pi was young, he lived in Pondicherry,
India, a former French colony. Pi’s real name is Piscine Molitor, after a Parisian
swimming pool beloved by an honorary
uncle. Pi is a Hindu, but, at 14, he is baptized
a Catholic and soon after he becomes a
Muslim. He practices all three faiths on his
journey toward understanding the universe
and his place in it.
His father (Adil Hussain) buys a zoo and
then, for political reasons, decides to move
the animals and his family to Canada by
cargo ship. A couple of days outside Manila,
a ferocious storm sinks the ship. Pi escapes
on a lifeboat and is soon joined by a female
orangutan, a zebra, a Bengal tiger, and a
hyena. Pi and the tiger, named Richard
Parker, struggle to survive on their own in a
After 277 days at sea, they wash up on the
west coast of Mexico. And this is where
things get more complicated. No one
believes Pi’s story. Should he tell them the
facts? What will they believe?
Some may think Life of Pi, directed by
Academy Award-winner Ang Lee, is a parable
showing that all religions are the same, but I
think it is more of an allegory about faith
and one man’s epic journey to discover what
matters in life. His story is a pilgrim’s progress
toward human and spiritual maturity.
Life of Pi is a film that encourages long
talks with family and friends to discover
what it really means.
Not yet rated, PG Peril.