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The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (2001)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 7 March 2001 (France)
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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2 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Antonio Bolivar
Timothy Spall ... Luis Agalla (Mayor)
Hugo Weaving ... Rubicondo (Dentist)
Cathy Tyson ... Josefina
Victor Bottenbley Victor Bottenbley ... Nushino
Guillermo Toledo ... Onecen
Fede Celada ... Juan (as Federico Celada)
Luis Hostalot ... Manuel
Behi Djanati Atai ... Dolores
Josse De Pauw ... The Man Who Bets
Jim van der Woude Jim van der Woude ... The Patient
Denis Fouqueray Denis Fouqueray ... Election Official (as Denys Fouqueray)
Alberto Dominguez Alberto Dominguez ... Salinas
Nor-eddin Abboud Nor-eddin Abboud ... The Priest (as Noreddin Abboud)
Viviane Emigre Viviane Emigre ... Zamora
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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.

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

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Adventure | Drama

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Trivia

The director originally envisaged Morgan Freeman in the lead role of Antonio Bolivar. See more »

Quotes

Antonio Bolivar: It was a kiss of impassioned intensity, a kiss to remember their lives by.
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Connections

Referenced in The 'Dr Plonk' Score (2008) See more »

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It will join my list of all time favourites
8 April 2004 | by MEG-40See all my reviews

The strange thing about the reviews and comments that I've read about this movie was that they were all bordering on the negative. It is a wonderful film, so different just because it is about an old man who remembers that he can read and how the only books that he can get are love stories which help him put his world into a new perspective. Not quite alone in the Amazonian jungle for years, we are told a bit of his history in cleverly inserted flashbacks. The roles of the slovenly village Mayor (Timothy Spall), the itinerant dentist (Hugo Weaving)and the beautiful village girl (Cathy Tyson) are all so well played that the viewer is drawn in as part of the the story like a voyeur. When the film had ended I just wished to see more. Being a fan of Richard Dreyfuss was a definite plus but overall this gentle film was very enjoyable and I'd see it again and again.


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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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