The Old Man Who Read Love Stories

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Director(s): Rolf de Heer
Production: Océan Films
  2 wins & 15 nominations.
115 min

it's the government's fault

that your teeth are rotten.

It's the government's fault

that you've got


What are you monkeys gawping at?

Jibaro have good teeth, eating

plenty monkey meat.

One day...

you'll fall into my clutches!

Then you'll thank me for it,

just like this poor devil

will when I'm...

Let... let go, you ninny!

...when I'm finished with him.

There you go.

The mouth of a new-born babe.

Got the rum, Old Man?

There's a canoe coming!

Ignore it. It's probably some

bloodsucker from the government

come to collect more taxes.

There's two of them!

There's a sick gringo on the way!

Someone get the Slimy Toad!

The gods have accepted you,

Antonio Bolivar.

Few who are bitten ever survive.

Although you are not one of us,

we welcome you to stay

as one of us.

Snap out of it, Old Man.

That's no sick gringo...

Mr. Mayor.

Where did you find him?

I don't suppose these jungle

men understand.

Up the river. Two days.

Turn him over.

You killed him.

- Not kill him.

- It's obvious. Machete, slash, dead.

You Captain, you'll be taking

a body and four

prisoners back.

All right. Get going,

we'll have a little

interview in my office.


Despite my deepest respect

for the authorities,

your Excellency,

I don't think that you're shitting

in the pot.

What are you talking about?

- What does he know about it?

- Only what I can see.

You see how the flesh is torn

in even strips,

deep in the jaw and shallow

lower down?

You see how there are

four gashes, not one?

So what are you getting at?

A four-bladed machete?

Claw marks.

It's a jaguar.

A big one.

- Smell it.

- I can see it's putrid.

Bend down and smell.

Don't be afraid of death

and maggots.

- Smells of death and maggots.

- Smells like cat piss.

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