The Life of Pi

The Life of Pi is a 2012 American 3D adventure drama based on Yann Martel’s 2001 novel of the same name. Directed by Ang Lee, this film is a beautiful allegorical tale of trauma, grief, fear, bravery, survival and transcendence. The storyline revolves around an Indian man named Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, living in Canada and telling a novelist about his life story and how at 16 he survives a shipwreck in which his family dies and he is stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. It is a most stunning and thrilling visualization of the archetypal and daunting journey of a human being taming fear into love. The book did not draw me in, but Ang Lee’s exquisite presentation of this allegory invited me, three times in the theatre no less, to project onto it a different aspect of my story. Each time that Richard Parker bound into the jungle never to be seen again, I remained speechless on the edge of my seat, keenly aware of the challenges of truly letting go of either an identity, a person or a mind-set and belief system. This is the healing gift of allegories at its sublime best!

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