Mia and the White Lion
|Mia and the White Lion|
American release poster
|Directed by||Gilles de Maistre|
|Music by||Armand Amar|
|Edited by||Julien Rey|
|Distributed by||StudioCanal (France)|
|Box office||$36.4 million|
Mia and the White Lion (French: Mia et le lion blanc) is a 2018 family adventure film directed by Gilles de Maistre. The film stars Daniah de Villiers, Mélanie Laurent, and Langley Kirkwood. The film was released in France on December 26, 2018 and in the United States on April 12, 2019.
Ten year old Mia Owen 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.
- Daniah De Villiers as Mia Owen
- Mélanie Laurent as Alice Owen
- Langley Kirkwood as John Owen
- Ryan Mac Lennan as Mick Owen
- Lionel Newton as Kevin
- Lillian Dube as Jodie
- Brandon Auret as Dirk
Directed by French director Gilles de Maistre, the expansive production was filmed over the course of three years so that the film’s young stars Daniah De Villiers and Ryan Mac Lennon could bond and develop real relationships with the lions and other animals that appear in the film. The scenes between the actors and the animals in the film are real and not reliant on CGI. Mélanie Laurent, Langley Kirkwood, Brandon Auret and Lillian Dube also star.
Kevin Richardson, a lion expert also known as the “Lion Whisperer”, oversaw the entire production process and all interactions between the lions and the children ensuring the safety of the animals, cast and crew on set.
The film is based on an original story written by de Maistre’s wife, Prune de Maistre, after they visited lion-breeding farms in South Africa. The screenplay is written by Prune de Maistre and William Davies. The film is co-produced by Studiocanal, M6 Films, Film Afrika and Pandora film and created in collaboration with Canal+, Cine+, M6, W9 and Film-und Medienstiftung NRW in partnership with Kevin Richardson.
Mia and the White Lion is currently the highest-grossing French production outside France in 2019, accumulating a total of 2.43 million spectators (€13 million in box office revenues) in 25 markets around the world, including 900,000 admissions in Italy (€5.62 million) and 264,000 admissions in Colombia (€625,000).
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 88% based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 6.94/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 52 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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