How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman
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The action begins as the main protagonist, an unnamed Frenchman, is driven out of the French settlement for plotting to assassinate its governor. After capturing this rogue European, a tribe of Tupinamba refuse to believe that the Frenchman is indeed French and declare him to be Portuguese. The Frenchman, now an enemy, is destined by native custom to be consumed at a feast. Happily, as custom also dictates, the Frenchman must before his death become a full part of the tribe by living as one with it, bestowing upon the captive a reprieve of 8 months.
The rest of the movie examines the Frenchman's measured transformation from European to native. Among the outward changes are the assumption of the characteristic nakedness, possession of a wife, shaving in the customary manner and learning the language of the Tupinamba.Read more ›
The movie is based on a true incident back a few centuries ago, in pre-colonial times, when Europeans were first encountering the tribes in the Amazon. A white man is mistaken by a savage tribe of cannibals as their enemy, so they intend to kill him. Before they dispatch him, though, they make him part of their tribe (their custom). The entire movie is like watching a National Geographic documentary as he becomes an accepted member of their tribe. That's it. Cosmic plotline? No. Intense insight into the variety of human life? Definitely.
Oh yeah... be warned... this film has definite nudity - this is not some Hollywood schlock flick about noble savages... this film tells it like it was (re-read above: National Geographic, super-realism)
So anyway - they give the Frenchman a job, a hammock, and even a real nice looking - eager to please - kind of wife. Frenchman stays for like a year - he brings the natives gunpowder - helps them win a battle against another tribe - cuts his hair in the prevailing cannibal fashions- and sits next to the chief at dinner...at dinner...at dinner.
So then one day, the chief decided that the Frenchman has proven himself, that he is now worthy to be eaten. The frenchman's native wife, who knew her job the entire time, must convince the Frenchman to accept his fate and become "one" with the tribe, through the only means possible.
Will the Frenchman accept this fate? Will he run away? Will he fight? What of the girl? Will the chief change his mind? You will be surprised at the end, and certainly will never forget the last image on the screen, but this movie will stay with you forever - and you don't even have to use a toothpick.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To all political correct people who think that the European conquest of the Americas was bad and nasty should see this movie as well as the Mel Gibson's Apocalypto to have an idea... Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by FUFUPAME
I found this movie very entertaining, although I don't know how historically accurate it may have been. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by R. M.
The Product arrived within the recommended time schedule, in excellent condition, I enjoyed the movie very much, it is quite a classic and I have been trying to add it to my... Read morePublished on December 28, 2008 by Mark Franklin
Set aside the profusion of naked flesh in this movie. It remains a fascinating take on what it would be like to be captured by cannibals. Read morePublished on August 31, 2007 by Tom Hunter
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