Life of Pi

Life of Pi

DVD - 2013
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Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2013
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9786314982355
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 12, 2018

Wow. great movie.

Jul 21, 2018

This show presents a certain way as the man in it tells his story and it is acted out or seen as a person watching what is happening. But in part of the movie it challenges us as to what to believe. Should we believe the first story the survivor tells or the second story the man tells. The second is more a story of him trying to cope with an awful situation and his choice to remember it another less awful way. Then we hear the investigator compare the people and animals, or events to passengers on a ship.

The floating island mentioned in it is something that occasionally happens in open ocean. It can be caused by volcanic rock from an underground volcano breaking off and floating away as well as seaweed or other things that end up growing on its surface. Possibly deposited by birds or other creatures when the land was still anchored.

Jun 14, 2018

Intriguing, entertaining, thought-provoking. I fully encourage all viewers to see this film.

Feb 13, 2018

I don't want to spoil anything but don't be fooled ... much of this is an allegory and things aren't what they seem. A beautiful film nonetheless.

Feb 13, 2018

I hardly think I would rate this movie so high without having already reading the book. The book provided much needed context which obviously made the scenes more meaningful. Especially the relationship with Pi and Richard Parker along their journey. Without that, it would have been more of a surface film . All things considered, the movie tried its best to convey the provoking journey of PI after the shipwreck. It was organized and not overly done up. Good thinking movie.

Jul 19, 2017

Very well done cinematography. They put a lot of effort into this movie. Pi is a philosopher of religions. The movie ends with a big question mark which leaves you thinking. I was disappointed by the movie.

Dec 06, 2016

This was one of the best movies I have ever seen. It made my cry, but I loved it so much. This film is not your typical one. The storyline was extraordinary, and it was excellently made. There was not a single moment when I was confused, or did not understand what was going on. It is an easy movie to follow, and is quite an enjoyable one. Overall, I would definitely recommend this film. I would rate this film 5/5.
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Life of Pi is about a boy named Pi Patel who is very intelligent and is the son of Santhosh and Gita Patel who have decided to move to Canada and sell their zoo in India whilst bringing a few of their animals with them. Unluckily for them, while traveling a really bad storm appears and prevents the Patels from reaching their journey. As a result, Pi is the last of the Patels to survive and escape onto a nearby lifeboat but, sadly Pi is not the only one who arrives onto the lifeboat. A bengal tiger named Richard Parker is also there with him. Pi must now not only survive against the ocean and weather but, also against his fellow passenger, Richard Parker. Life of Pi was a fantastic movie with heartwarming moments, moments that make you feel glad you are not in Pi Patel’s situation and also some comedic moments. I would definitely recommend Life of Pi and my rating for it would be 4.5/5.
- @Grimvar of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 26, 2016

Holy F***... I cried. It's amazing.

Jul 16, 2016

A visually stunning story of two journeys. One physical and one spiritual. It is the story of Pi, the sole survivor of a shipwreck and his journey across the sea in a lifeboat accompanied by a Tiger named Richard Parker. Is is also the story of Pi's search for faith and meaning through all he experiences.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Of the many book-to-film adaptations I've seen, this is one of the most precisely rendered ones. Very little is added. I'm not sure how I feel about that. Of course I hate when a good book is torn apart and reassembled into something that looks nothing like the original. And I like movies that take a book, add a little necessary creative license and come up with something unique in its own way. But what of the movie that IS the book? What's the point exactly?

Despite my uncertainty, Life of Pi is a marvelous, visual adventure. I couldn't have imagined the book could be translated into film as seamlessly and effortlessly as Lee and team make it look. This is a beautiful film to watch. The acting is all good, the story is good, yada yada, but the real story here is the beauty of this film. It's breathtaking.

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Jan 09, 2015

For all believers:
"GOD the compassionate, the merciful"! (Said BY PI)

Jul 11, 2013

From book on God & hope (2 of 2):
At such moments I tried to elevate myself. I would touch the turban I had made with the remnants of my shirt and I would say aloud, “This is God’s hat!”

I would pat my pants and say aloud, “This is God’s attire!” I would point to Richard Parker and say aloud, “This is God’s cat!”

I would point to the lifeboat and say aloud, “This is God’s ark!”

I would spread my hands wide and say aloud, “These are God’s wide acres!”

I would point at the sky and say aloud, “This is God’s ear!”

And in this way I would remind myself of creation and of my place in it.

Jul 11, 2013

From book on God & hope (1 of 2):
I practised religious rituals that I adapted to the circumstances—solitary Masses without priests or consecrated Communion hosts, darshans without murtis, and pujas with turtle meat for prasad, acts of devotion to Allah not knowing where Mecca was and getting my Arabic wrong. They brought me comfort, that is certain. But it was hard, oh, it was hard. Faith in God is an opening up, a letting go, a deep trust, a free act of love—but sometimes it was so hard to love. Sometimes my heart was sinking so fast with anger, desolation and weariness, I was afraid it would sink to the very bottom of the Pacific and I would not be able to lift it back up.

aaa5756 Apr 28, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 Apr 28, 2013

“Computers are useless. They only give answers.” -Pablo Picasso


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Mar 16, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Animals act as animals do. Tigers that can kill may kill. Hyenas that can attack may attack. Survival of the fittest does occur to some extent. Other events at sea can be considered violent and frightening.

Mar 16, 2013

Violence: Animals act as animals do. Tigers that can kill may kill. Hyenas that can attack may attack. Survival of the fittest does occur to some extent. Other events at sea can be considered violent and frightening.


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Jun 13, 2014

A young boy who is always teased about his name discovers he can earn respect by showing his knowledge of mathematics. Specifically, the distance half way around the edge of the circle will be 3.14159265... a number known as Pi. As a young man his family decides to move out of India for a better life in Canada. They take their zoo animals with them to sell in the United States. This ocean trip will forever change Pi's life as he copes with the loss of his family and struggles for his own life with a tiger aboard a rescue boat.

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