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The Old Man Who Read Love Stories

A Feature film by Rolf de Heer

Produced by Fildebroc Productions

Release in France : 07/03/2001

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Actors (9)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Fildebroc Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

Orange Studio

Co-productions :

C.A.P.A.C., France 2 Cinéma

French distribution :

Océan Films Distribution

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In Antonio’s jungle, the balance of nature has been turned upside down… A “gringo” has slaughtered a jaguar’s cubs, and in revenge, she’s attacked and killed some men living at the river’s edge. The village mayor, loathed by everyone, organises a roundup and orders Antonio, despite his reluctance, to be the guide. Antonio’s life is going to change: over with, the tranquillity of his jungle hut… over with, reading romance novels featuring the lovely Josefina… Antonio, his friend the dentist, the mayor and a group of men get to work. Their undertaking proves dangerous, and members of the expedition quickly abandon it. But Antonio decides to stick to his guns. He knows he’s the only who understands the jaguar and who’s able to restore the equilibrium between nature and man. Yet, the jaguar behaves strangely, taking him where she wills. The hunter becomes the prey and the duel begins.

Full credits (11)

Executive Producer :

Michelle de Broca

Line Producer :

Alain Maline

Sound Recordist :

James Currie

Press Attaché (film) :

Sandrine Lamantowicz

Continuity supervisor :

Jacqueline Gamard

Music Composer :

Graham Tardif

Author of original work :

Luis Sepulveda

Director of Photography :

Denis Lenoir

Production Manager :

Yves Dutheil

Editor :

Tania Nehme

Production Designer :

Pierre Voisin

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Feature film

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Australia, Spain, Netherlands, France

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Majority French (Australia, Spain, Netherlands, France)

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1 h 52 min

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