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Perrin, Campana, Wanu... Three more dissimilar people would be hard to find. And yet one evening in the Crillon, one of Paris's ritziest hotels, all three take the elevator, together. Wanu is an Indian from the Amazonian rainforest. Brought to Europe as part of a humanitarian awareness tour, he is whisked by plane from the stone age to the City of Light. Campana, Wanu's interpreter, is a specialist in Indian dialects. Born in the Amazon of an anthropologist father, his schooling was bathed in the magic and brutality of the "Green Inferno." He's an intellectual, but in the vein of Indiana Jones. Perrin is a shirker; handsome, funny, but always on the make. Then, one evening, he steps into the elevator at the Crillon and his shallow existence is turned upside down. Wanu, the shaman of the rainforest, fixes his gaze on Perrin the gambler, and chooses him...
"You laugh non-stop - because the situations are funny, the sequence of events is unexpected, the dialogue sparkles with wit, and the pacing is silver smooth. You admire - because the settings are magnificent, especially in the Amazonian sequences where most of the story unfolds. And, at the same time we are drawn fleetingly beyond the real world and its pitfalls by a screenplay which distills with absolute logic: a drop of surrealism here, a wisp of magic there, whereby we delight in having at last happened upon a comedy which doesn't merely glide over the surface of things, but which gaily trucks with the spiritual. (...) And, of course, there are the actors. Patrick Bruel who plays the reluctant adventurer, the anti-hero who drags his heels, the fall-guy, the foil, against whom Jean Reno can muster that corrosive irony he knows only too well how to handle. Reno may have the sweeter role, but he plays it up to the hilt with calm reserve and an irrefutable authority. They're a duo in the circus tradition, a tradition which will always make people laugh, people big and small."
(Claude Baignères - Le Figaro)