The life of Pi
Mixing a 16 year old, a Bengal Tiger and a lifeboat cannot give for a very long storyI thought. That's why I frowned when I saw that the book I had in my hands, and that my friend Isabel had left me, went over 300 pages. Impossible. Amazing. Unforgettable.
It was May 2009, I was traveling through India and that book would accompany me on long train trips in the south of the country and in Sri Lanka. In fact, I ended up going through Pondicherry, like Quique a year earlier, but neither he nor I found a trace of the zoo that once was there.
If you do not know what tiger, young and zoo I am talking about, then you must be one of the few people who has not read “La Vida de Pi”, by Yann Martel, in any of the 40 languages in which it has been published. Or seen the film adaptation, which took 4 Oscars at the 2012 gala: Best Film, Best Director (Ang Lee, the one from Brokeback Mountain or Tiger and Dragon), Best Soundtrack and Best Photography.
The life of Pi
The plot revolves around the life of Piscine Molitor Patel, or Pi, a young Hindu whose father is the owner of the Pondicherry Zoo. Although it seems weird, the city exists, and is an old French colony in India. In the novel, Pi's family moves with their animals to Canada but the ship they travel on is shipwrecked during a storm.
The only survivors, who share a lifeboat, are Pi himself, a zebra, an orangutan ... and a hyena that soon ends with the other two animals. But before the fang of the young Hindu can reach him, it ends in the jaws of the last survivor, who remained hidden under the cloth that covers the boat: a bengal tiger called Richard Parker.
From that moment on, the surreal premise (a "man-eater" and a man sharing a small boat, isolated in the ocean) becomes a lucid reflection on our own nature, the survival will and the role we have in the vastness of the Universe. An inner journey within a journey adrift through the inhospitable sea. It is not Coelho but yes, there is a spiritual message.
Visually, the movie, as you can see in the trailer, is shocking at all levels and the Oscar for the Best Photography is the minimum for which it could be rewarded:
Today 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Spain puts “La Vida de Pi” on sale on DVD, Blue-Ray and Blue-Ray 3D, for which you have one of those televisions that I envy slightly (said with love and respect for that LG of tube that has been with me for a decade without a single breakdown).
The 3D Blu-ray collector's edition contains for the first time extras also in 3D that address the evolution of the visual effects of the film, as well as numerous deleted scenes.
In addition, coinciding with the launch and just for being fans on Facebook of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Spain, you can participate in the “La Vida de Pi” Photography Contest and if your picture is winning, they give you a Photography course Madphoto valued at € 240.00.
You have the deadline to participate from April 2, 2013 at 23:48 on April 17, 2013.
And to watch the movie ... from today.