Mio Min Mio (1987, SWE/NOR/RUS) C-99m. *** D: Vladimir Grammatikov. Starring Nick Pickard, Christian Bale, Timothy Bottoms, Susannah York, Christopher Lee. Adaptation of the children's fantasy by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren about an orphan who feels unloved by his foster parents and escapes to a medieval fantasy world, where his father is king and he has to defeat an evil knight (Lee). A bit naive and slowly paced, but a welcome change from Hollywood sensibilities. Kids will find this exciting. Pickard is not fully up to the lead role, Bale plays his friend and helper in the quest. Filmed in English. English title: MIO IN THE LAND OF FARAWAY.

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