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
Mia and the White Lion recount the friendship between a child and a wild animal, a relationship that was provoked by the production that cast more than 300 children in South Africa before finding Daniah De Villiers who embodies Mia. Daniah De Villiers spent three days with Thor, the lion, for three years, while the filming took place in four blocks during this period. After all this time in the bush, the girl had to leave the lion and resume a normal life, which was a real tear. She returns however to see Thor regularly. For Kevin Richardson, the most complicated thing was finding parents crazy enough to let their child participate in such an adventure. The director specifies however that his film is not a documentary but indeed a fiction. See more »
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 »
The lion sleeps tonight
Written by Solomon Linda, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss & Albert Stanton
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"Mia and the White Lion" feels like a movie/vehicle created specifically for spreading an important message. The script doesn't feel creatively inspired but more like a series of cliched scenarios thought up during a board meeting. The movie has some quality actors which is good because some of the ham-fisted dialogue and scenes in less skilled hands could have been dire. I also feel like I must mention that intermittently, and awkwardly, a legend about a white lion saving the world is brought up that the teenage kids unrealistically believe throughout the movie.
The movie has some good qualities too. The scenery and the animals are beautiful. The baby animals are cute. The acting is good especially given what the actors have to work with. The message is important and a good reason to support the movie. Unfortunately I can't say what the message is without spoiling the plot since it's not revealed until the end of the second act. Overall I give the movie 5 stars. It's watchable but not quite good.
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