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
Gilles de Maistre considered a sequel but abandoned the idea because it required to rebuild the relationship between Daniah De Villiers and the lion. However, the cessation of filming resulted in the end of their interactions and a three-year apprenticeship. 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 »
[John explains to Mia why it is dangerous to play with Charlie]
For now, he's a cub, and you want to have fun with it. Soon, he'll just want to kill you. Go past this fence, and any one of these lions will tear you to pieces in five seconds flat. It doesn't matter if you've fed them, or bathed them or cuddled them, or if you're name is Mia or Kevin or Obi-Wan Kenobi... a wild animal is a wild animal, and you can never change that, no matter what you do.
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What's really interesting about the movie is how interactive the actors seem to be with the lion or lions in a movie about lion preserving.
I'm sure some of it was digital manipulation but how much I cannot tell. Just a thought how familiar the animal got with the people.
Anyway, I got the message. It's a good one but this flick was too much about he message and it did loose a few entertaining factors because.
Yet, still enjoyed it.
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