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Life of Pi


A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

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Questions For Discussion

1. The original Yann Martel book was considered by many 'unfilmmable'. Were 'they' wrong?

2. Both main characters, Pi and Richard Parker, took their names from comic accidents. Was this for some purpose?

3. How similar is 'Life of Pi' to the biblical story of Job?

4. According to this movie, what makes a good story?

5. In what ways was Pi's amalgam of religious belief helpful for his journey?

6. Which story do you prefer and why? Do we have to make a choice?

7. As opposed to his father's rationalism, what did Pi see in the tiger's eyes?

8. Comment on the meaning found in these dialogue lines:
Writer: He said you had a story that would make me believe in God. Pi: [laughs] He would say that about a nice meal.

Pi: So which story do you prefer?
Writer: The one with the tiger. That's the better story.
Pi: Thank you. And so it goes with God.
Writer: [smiles] It's an amazing story.

Pi: I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.

Pi: Faith is a house with many rooms.
Writer: But no room for doubt?
Pi: Oh plenty, on every floor. Doubt is useful, it keeps faith a living thing. After all, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it is tested.

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