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The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (2001)

A man is forced to confront a dangerous female jaguar and his own past through the sacrificial killing of the beast he has grown to love.

Director:

Rolf de Heer

Writers:

Claude Cohen (French dialogue), Luis Sepúlveda (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Antonio Bolivar
Timothy Spall ... Luis Agalla (Mayor)
Hugo Weaving ... Rubicondo (Dentist)
Cathy Tyson ... Josefina
Victor Bottenbley Victor Bottenbley ... Nushino
Fede Celada Fede Celada ... Juan
Luis Hostalot Luis Hostalot ... Manuel
Guillermo Toledo Guillermo Toledo ... Onecen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nor-eddin Abboud Nor-eddin Abboud ... The Priest
Lionel Barsacq Lionel Barsacq ... Gold Prospector
Patrick Crepat Patrick Crepat ... Gold Prospector
Josse De Pauw ... The Man Who Bets
Alain Dery Alain Dery ... Gold Prospector
Behi Djanati Atai ... Dolores
Alberto Dominguez Alberto Dominguez ... Salinas
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Storyline

A man is forced to confront a dangerous female jaguar and his own past through the sacrificial killing of the beast he has grown to love.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In the jungle, the one who survives is the one that moves

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Cyan Films | Vertigo Productions

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Den gamle mand der læste kærlighedshistorier See more »

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Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and first released about twelve years after its source novel of the same name by novelist Luis Sepulveda had been first published in 1989. See more »

Quotes

Antonio Bolivar: It was a kiss of impassioned intensity, a kiss to remember their lives by.
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Spectacular film making!
15 January 2012 | by AlllworkSee all my reviews

A great story told with heart and skill. It took a while to recognize Mr. Dreyfuss. Engaging, evocative . Saw it at a festival where Mr. de Heer shared his copy. Need to see it again - I hope it gets some kind of release. I can still smell the moist jungle atmosphere, the exquisite emotion of the pacing of events. The dentist is a character to remember! Rolf de Heer outdid himself this time. If you loved "Bubby" and " Ten Canoes" , "The Old Man Who Read Loved Sories" is a must-see. The camera is your narrator, and creates a visual feast revealing a tale of passion and perseverance. My strongest memories of the film are visceral. Its physicality,sensuality, spice, hot, wet, fragrant, wet, green, dark, wet - did I say "wet" yet? texture has stayed with me for years.


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