This links clearly with the Jaguar. He learns to read and is given books by Josefina. A strikingly handsome, haunting work. Bolivar is a man who recognises the value of the essentials of life, such as the beauty and ideas that words might convey, as equally as the beauty of the female jaguar pining for the cubs stolen from her — and seeking revenge. Antonio's passion is supplied by the visiting dentist, Hugo Weaving, whose qualifications seem to involve more extraction than bridgework. Richard Dreyfuss plays Antonio Bolivar, a 60 year old recluse living in a backwater town on the edge of a river.
It is worth noting that Luís Sepulveda the author of the novel upon which the film was based , upon meeting Rolf De Heer, grabbed him by the shoulders and thanked him for having brought the spirit of his novel alive onscreen. Thorough and insightful understanding of the ideas, characters and themes constructed and presented in the selected text. Urban: Filled out by details and anecdotes from the rich imagination of the writer, The Old Man Who Read Love Stories is a character study that takes us into the exotica of the Amazon and the proximity of a man who begins to reflect on the truths and beauties of life almost absent mindedly. It could so easily have degenerated into yet another bit of macho chest-thumpin' hunt-in-the-jungle fluff. Before Rolf de Heer made The Tracker and Alexandra's Project he'd been in the wilds of French Guiana making The Old Man Who Read Love Stories with Richard Dreyfuss and Hugo Weaving. Antonio likes to read seedy romance novels, bickers with the village's mayor, Luis Timothy Spall , and starts a relationship with local bartender Josefina Cathy Tyson.
The film is marked not only by really beguiling performances from the lead actors but by a romanticism that is not merely sentimental, it's about the stuff of life. I kept my sanity by watching old Hollywood movies on the tv, where everyone was beautiful and had great emotions, and all the staircases had 400 steps. It's possibly hard to reconcile this film with Rolf de Heer's previous work, but it's a real mark of the filmmaker that he seeks out material like this and goes to extraordinary lengths to bring it to the screen. I also like Victor Bottenbley — an unlikely name for a South American Indian — who plays Nushino, the local Indian leader who befriends Antonio. His passion is reading great love stories, something he shares with Josefina, Cathy Tyson, who works for the town's mayor, Timothy Spall, known locally as the Slimy Toad.
But his quiet life is interrupted when a vicious jaguar begins to stalk the villagers. Complex discussion and critical analysis of the ways in which the author constructs meaning and expresses or implies a point of view and values. The film includes many of the supporting events and asides, snatches of life and snippets of humour that inhabit novels, but never stumbles over them. However, the beautifully evocative cinematography and sensitive direction save it from such triteness. Reclusive, but happy and familiar with the jungle, Bolivar is coerced by the venal village Mayor Timothy Spall into tracking down a jaguar which has killed a poacher, a task that makes him reflect on his life and its relationships. When Bolivar expresses an interest in books, Rubicondo persuades him read the pulpy romantic novels read by his mistress Josefina Cathy Tyson , rather than the Bible. Antonio is convinced he must kill the jaguar.
Are you using a range of terms? Their loincloths are clean and bright red — they are at one with the jungle. Highly appropriate use of relevant metalanguage to support analysis. Have you got the right structure? When he arrived in French Guiana to begin the shoot, he discovered that some of the other actors were of the tribe of his mother's people. Cast: , , , , Victor Bottenbley, Frederico Celada, Luis Hostalot, Director: Genres: Keywords: , , , ,. Richard Dreyfuss is charming and authoritative as the reclusive man whose isolated world becomes threatened by a wild and savage animal.
Now 60-ish, the natives have accepted him, and his one friend is a bohemian, rustic dentist, Rubicondo Hugo Weaving. But his quiet life is interrupted when a vicious jaguar begins to stalk the villagers. Release Date: Not Yet Rated 1 hr 51 min Plot Summary For decades, aging Spaniard Antonio Richard Dreyfuss has been living in a small village in the French Guiana jungle, coexisting with the nearby natives. When a jaguar begins killing humans in revenge for the death of her cubs a hunt is organised which means that Antonio has to come face to face with his past and his present. Antonio likes to read seedy romance novels, bickers with the village's mayor, Luis Timothy Spall , and starts a relationship with local bartender Josefina Cathy Tyson.
It's the picture of a man for whom the mere act of reading is still a joyous miracle to be savoured. A poacher hunts and kills jaguar cubs, and the jaguar seeks revenge on man. Memorable, with something to say about the human condition, The Old Man Who Read Love Stories is gentle yet powerful — like nature itself — and reflects on de Heer as a filmmaker who is comfortable with his craft and the self that is reflected through it. Listening to well-known actors like Dreyfuss, Weaving and Spall speaking with Spanish accents is at first rather distracting but the seductive nature of the story soon takes over. This represents her personality — being held back, restrained. Adapted from Luis Sepulveda's short novel the film delves into the magic realism for which South American writing is justifiably famous.
The tales of difficulties in the shoot are legendary, the difficulty in getting it distributed is the stuff of nightmares. Also impressive in the film is Victor Bottenbley who plays Nushino, a formidable part of Antonio's past. Comments by David StrattonMade before The Tracker and Alexandra's Project, and filmed in the jungles of French Guiana, this is another example of a Rolf De Heer film about a character on the fringes of society. Antonio does not seek to control it and is therefore rewarded with her love. Highlights include the Mr De Heer's intimate close-ups of the characters, giving the audience a window into their personal space; and the scenes of Antonio Bolivar reading his beloved books by lamplight as he relishes each painstakingly spelt-out word and ruminates on the meaning of each hard-won sentence before moving on to the next. For decades, aging Spaniard Antonio Richard Dreyfuss has been living in a small village in the French Guiana jungle, coexisting with the nearby natives.
A nice little bit of synchronicity: Victor Bottenbley, the Dutch actor who plays Nushino, was indeed born in Surinam, which he left as a small child. The nuanced performances of Hugo Weaving, Timothy Spall, Cathy Tyson and Victor Bottenbley are as memorable as that of Richard Dreyfus, whose deeply-felt and brilliant portrayal of the old man of the title 'Antonio Bolivar' must be a late- career defining moment. . This year saw the first two preview screenings in Australia. Antonio then volunteers to hunt down the majestic animal.