Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Ang Lee (2012)

PG Certificate


Our Score
A spiritual journey at sea is the basis of this high-minded film from Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee, based on Yann Martel's prize-winning novel. Thankfully, it's grounded with a good dose of humour and an endearing performance by newcomer Suraj Sharma. He plays Pi, an Indian boy whose zoo-owning father (Adil Hussain) packs the family and animals onto a ship bound for Canada. After the ship is wrecked during a storm, Pi is left adrift in a lifeboat - his last surviving companion a Bengal tiger that he has feared ever since his dad tried to teach him a lesson about Darwinism. But apart from seeking safe passage, Pi is also looking for God. There are no easy answers, of course, but there are a few too many platitudes in the script and a bit of misdirection that some will find patronising. The real strength of the film is in its stunning imagery, which evokes the mysteries of the universe and stirs great tension as Pi and a truly life-like CGI tiger pussyfoot around each other on the way to enlightenment.


A writer interviews a man about the extraordinary events of his life. He describes his childhood in India, living in the zoo run by his father, and how the family and their animals were forced to relocate to Canada when he was a teenager. However, during the sea voyage, the ship sank and he was left adrift in a small boat with a ferocious tiger. Ang Lee's adventure based on Yann Martel's novel, starring Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan.

Cast & Crew

Pi Patel Suraj Sharma
Adult Pi Patel Irfan Khan
Young Pi Ayush Tandon
Santosh Patel Adil Hussain
Gita Patel Tabu
The Writer Rafe Spall
Cook Gérard Depardieu
The Priest Andrea Di Stefano
Anandi Shravanthi Sainath
Director Ang Lee
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Dec 2012