Little Indian, Big City

  • 1994
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Children's, Comedy

A major hit in its native France in 1994, this film received unusual wide release in the United States as part of Disney's deal for the remake rights that produced JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE. The dubbing killed it for most reviewers and audiences stayed away in drove, which is unfortunate — it's a cute and thought-provoking mix of children's adventure and broad...read more

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A major hit in its native France in 1994, this film received unusual wide release in the United States as part of Disney's deal for the remake rights that produced JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE. The dubbing killed it for most reviewers and audiences stayed away in drove, which is unfortunate — it's a cute and thought-provoking mix of children's adventure and broad anthropological farce. Workaholic businessman Stephan (Thierry Lhermitte), whose wife Patricia (Miou-Miou) left him 13 years ago, must visit her remote Amazon island home to finalize their divorce so he can marry his beautiful but dippy new love. Patricia agrees to the divorce, but reveals that she was pregnant when she left Stephen, and introduces him to his son, Mimi-Siku (Ludwig Briand), whom she's raised as a member of the island's indigenous Indian tribe. Stephan wants to learn more about the son he never knew he had, so he takes Mimi-Siku to Paris, where the boy kills a pigeon resting on a neighbor's porch, climbs the Eiffel Tower, eats pet fish, and scares his dad's partner's Richard's fiancee with his pet tarantula. Stephan eventually realizes that there's more to life than business deals and returns to the island to be with the boy and Patricia. Richard and his family join them. Though on the most obvious level LITTLE INDIAN, BIG CITY is a silly fish-out-of-water comedy, it's also a soft slap in the face to those who prize money, power, and status over family and friends. The dubbing is atrocious, but that's a minor drawback for a film that's far warmer and more sophisticated than most American children's films. (Sexual situations, profanity.)

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  • Released: 1994
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: A major hit in its native France in 1994, this film received unusual wide release in the United States as part of Disney's deal for the remake rights that produced JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE. The dubbing killed it for most reviewers and audiences stayed away in drove… (more)

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