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  • Official Trailer
  • Trailer 1

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Ten year old Mia has her life turned upside down when her family decides to leave London to manage a lion farm in Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia finds happiness once again and develops a special bond with the growing cub. When Charlie reaches three, Mia’s life is rocked once again as she uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father. Distraught by the thought that Charlie could be in danger, Mia decides to rescue him. The two friends set out on an incredible journey across the South African savanna in search of a sanctuary where Charlie can live out his life in freedom.

Cast

  • Mélanie Laurent
  • Langley Kirkwood
  • Daniah De Villiers
  • Daniah De Villiers
  • Mélanie Laurent
  • Langley Kirkwood
  • Ryan Mac Lennan
  • Thor
  • Lionel Newton
  • Lillian Dube
  • Brandon Auret
  • Elvis
  • Benjamin Garrad

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Trivia

  • Upon getting the idea for the film, co-writer/director Gilles de Maistre asked specialist Kevin Richardson about the possibility of filming a child with a lion. He was told that it would be impossible, as the only way for the lion not to harm the child would be that they grow up together, a three year process for a lion and much too long for a film shoot. Undeterred, de Maistre found Daniah De Villiers a young, South African girl already familiar with lions to grow up with the titular white lion cub, and shot the film over two and half years, from May 2015 to December 2017, with the other actors regularly flying in to shoot their scenes.
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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.
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Metacritic

50
Apr 16, 2019

The human acting is, for the most part, indifferent, with even the polished Laurent (“Inglorious Basterds,””Beginners,” “Night Train to Lisbon”) underwhelming owing to the lack of big emotional moments in the script.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
40
Apr 11, 2019

Given its focus, viewers might forgive Mia for its clumsy direction of actors, its contrived plot or its on-the-nose dialogue. But training impressionable kids to identify with a girl who sneaks into lions' cages is a cinematic flaw that could have heartbreaking real-world consequences.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
60
Apr 11, 2019

Good-looking but predictable and schlocky, Mia and the White Lion is ultimately saved from slaughter by its two plucky heroes.

Metacritic review by Alex Saveliev
Alex Saveliev
Film Threat