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Mia and the White Lion (2018)

Mia et le lion blanc (original title)
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A young girl from London moves to Africa with her parents where she befriends a lion cub.

Director:

Gilles de Maistre

Writers:

Prune de Maistre (screenplay), William Davies (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Daniah De Villiers ... Mia Owen
Mélanie Laurent ... Alice Owen
Langley Kirkwood ... John Owen
Ryan Mac Lennan Ryan Mac Lennan ... Mick Owen
Lionel Newton Lionel Newton ... Kevin
Lillian Dube Lillian Dube ... Jodie
Brandon Auret ... Dirk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Davies Paul Davies ... Helicopter Sniper
Ashleigh Harvey Ashleigh Harvey ... School Teacher
Tessa Jubber ... Enclosure Hunter
Noko 'Flow' Mabitsela ... Tourist
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Storyline

Mia is 11 years old when she develops an extraordinary relationship with Charlie, a young white lion born in Mia's parents farm, in South Africa. During three years, they will grow up together and live a beautiful friendship. When Mia reaches the age of 14 and that Charlie has become a magnificent adult lion, she discovers the unbearable truth: her father has decided to sell the lion to trophy hunters. Desperate, Mia has no other choice than to escape with Charlie in order to rescue him. Written by Hugo Van Herpe

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Friendship is the Wildest Adventure of All


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, peril and some language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Germany | South Africa

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mia and the White Lion See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$192,816, 14 April 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$368,623, 22 April 2019
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gilles de Maistre called on South African zoologist Kevin Richardson, who has been interacting with lions for over twenty years. The first devoted the second documentary entitled The Man who whispered in the ears of lions (L'Homme qui murmure à l'oreille des lions). Sometimes Richardson took the place of the director to be able to film the lion as closely as possible in potentially dangerous scenes. See more »

Goofs

Several times during the movie, there is a close-up of the white lion who seems to be purring. Lions do not purr. They can roar, which smaller cats cannot. The largest cat that can both "meow" and purr is the cougar, or panther. Lions cannot purr. See more »

Soundtracks

The lion sleeps tonight
Written by Solomon Linda, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss & Albert Stanton
Performed by Kids United Nouvelle Génération
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A Must Watch, Mainly for Animal Lovers
21 January 2019 | by anablue-28948See all my reviews

It's such a pity this film isn't more popular! The pace of the narrative is great. It is engaging from the first minute. It's also evident to see how long they've taken to film it, as the boys grow along with the lion - about three years. While it focuses on the relationship between Mia and this wonderful lion, it also deals with family ties, connection with nature and the hard way in which these animal farms have to survive. Super recommended!


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