We follow the journey of an Indian boy named after the word for "swimming pool" in French: Piscine Molitor Patel. To avoid being ridiculed by his schoolmates, he calls himself Pi.
When his father's zoo is forced to close down, the family leaves for Canada on a cargo ship which sinks during a bad storm. Everybody dies except Pi and a few of the zoo animals: a zebra, a hyena, an orang-utan and a tiger.
Pi ends up drifting in the Pacific Ocean for 227 days on a small boat with just the tiger. During this time, Pi overcomes his fear and lives peacefully with the tiger and his circumstances.
As with other Ang Lee films, we are treated to a series of magically visual scenes. There are spectacular, glassy ocean views, gigantic whales, and a fantasy-like island lit up at night.
But those magical moments jar with the flashbacks to the present, and the everyday conversations between the older Pi (Irrfan Khan) and the writer (Rafe Spall).
Nevertheless, the film gives a rare kind of serenity with a reassuring message: "One can always find hope regardless of what happens in life."
YP Rating: 4/5