The Parisian broker Steph only needs the signature from his wife Patricia for their divorce - but she left 13 years ago for living with Amazonas indians. Steph finds her in the village and ... See full summary »


Hervé Palud


Hervé Palud (scenario), Jean-Marie Pallardy (scenario) (as Igor Aptekman) | 3 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Thierry Lhermitte ... Stephen
Patrick Timsit Patrick Timsit ... Richard
Ludwig Briand ... Mimi-Siku
Miou-Miou ... Patricia (as Miou Miou)
Arielle Dombasle ... Charlotte
Tolsty Tolsty ... Pavel (as Vladimir Kotliarov)
Sonia Vollereaux ... Marie (as Sonia Volleraux)
Jackie Berroyer ... Jonavisky
Marc de Jonge Marc de Jonge ... Rossberg
Louba Guertchikoff Louba Guertchikoff ... Mrs. Godette
Philippe Bruneau Philippe Bruneau ... Mr. Marshal
Dominique Besnehard ... Master Dong
Cheik Doukouré Cheik Doukouré ... Mr. Bonaventure (as Cheik Doukoure)
Marie-Charlotte Leclaire Marie-Charlotte Leclaire ... Rossberg's Secretary
Olga Jirouskova Olga Jirouskova ... Sonia Koutchnoukov


The Parisian broker Steph only needs the signature from his wife Patricia for their divorce - but she left 13 years ago for living with Amazonas indians. Steph finds her in the village and gets stuck for two days, where he learns that he has got a son, who grew up as an indian. Meanwhile he fails to confirm a soy bean transaction and promises his son Mimi-Siku to show him Paris as soon as he will become a man. However, this happens next day when the tribe celebrates the children's festival. So both fly back to Paris, where Steph and his partner Richard try to limit their losses by selling the beans to the Russian mafia, and Mimi-Siku discovers the city with bare feet. He climbes the Eiffel tower and preferes to hunt doves with bow-and-arrow instead of eating cornflakes. Steph moves his son to the family of his partner, where Mimi-Siku falls actively in love with Richard's daughter Sophie. Discovered, Sophie is set to be sent into a boarding school, and therefore rescued by Mimi-Siku, ... Written by Tom Pfeifer <>

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The city is a jungle. Some are just better prepared for it than others.

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Rated PG for crude language, adolescent sensuality and scenes of mild violence | See all certifications »

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Ludwig Briand claims he did the Eiffel tower climbing scene without any sort of safety harness, net or wires of any kind. See more »


When Mimi-Siku first sees the Eiffel Tower, he stands on the balcony wearing a red headband. When he jumps down, the headband is gone. See more »


Chacun sa route
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A feral kid in the big city. Just a movie to you. Not to me.
13 July 2005 | by MotorskallenSee all my reviews

I was born in the Swedish capital. When I was two years old, I was taken out to the Swedish country side. I grew up there, and didn't give a *beep* about the school, my friends or my family. I spent all the time in the forests and around the rivers and lakes. My best friend was my Border Collie, given to me when I was three. I was literarely raised by dogs. When I was thirteen I had to learn to live in a city when my Dad got himself a better job. When I was fourteen I watched this film on the Centrumbions 50th anniversary. The audience laughed. I cried. People looked at me and laughed even more, because a fourteen years old crying at a comedy for kids isn't a common sight. I cried because this wasn't a comedy to me, this is dead serious. Now, six years later, I still cry when I watch this film. Because it reminds of myself. But I've also learned something throughout the years. And that is to laugh. This is one of the greatest movies ever.

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French | Russian

Release Date:

14 December 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Indian, Big City See more »

Filming Locations:

Amazona forests, Venezuela See more »


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Canal+, Ice Films, Procirep See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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