In Mexico, a missionary monk named Brother Benoit finds a young chimpanzee by the side of the road. One year later, “Mookie” turns out to be a very special chimp: she can talk! Scientists want to steal her for research. Meanwhile in the same city, a hard-headed French boxer named Antoine Capella refuses the $1,000 he is offered to take a drive. The monk and the boxer have to get out of town. So begin the adventures of this very unlikely trio. And it’s a long way to Mexico City.
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I enjoy writing and directing family comedies so there’s no point depriving myself of the pleasure! I thought up ‘An Indian in the City’ in 1994 for my 11-year-old daughter, who was watching only American films because that’s all there was available. Why should the Americans have the monopoly? Eight million people went to see my film. That shows it fulfilled a demand. (Hervé Palud in “Le Figaro”, December 10th 1998)