Little Indian, Big City

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Little Indian, Big City ★★½ An Indian in the City; Un Indien dans la Ville 1995 (PG)

French blockbuster dubbed over with “Americanized” English to give U.S. audiences an appetite for upcoming Disney remake. Lhermitte travels to the Amazon to finalize the divorce of a long-dead marriage, only to find he has a 12-year-old son, Mimi-Siku (Briand). Father and son bond and Dad decides to bring the junglebred boy to his home in Paris. Dubbing process unfortunately tomahawks this charming story as loin cloth meets Eiffel Tower, but Lhermitte, Briand and Miou-Miou (as estranged wife Patricia) shine through. Subplot of Russian mobsters who cut the fingers off their victims gives an indication of the French definition of “family fare.” 90m/C VHS . FR Thierry Lhermitte, Miou-Miou, Patrick Timsit, Arielle Dombasle, Lud wig Briand; D: Herve Palud; W: Thierry Lhermitte, Herve Palud, Philippe Bruneau, Igor Aptekman; C: Pierre Lorraine; M: Manu Katche.