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Le Jaguar is a 1996 French film directed by Francis Veber starring Jean Reno, Patrick Bruel, Harrison Lowe, and Patricia Velásquez. A shaman from the South American rain forest visits Paris for a public relations campaign along with a French ethnologist. When the shaman's soul is apparently stolen, he enlists the help of a good-for-nothing named Perrin, with whom he spontaneously created a spiritual link.

Le Ja
Directed byFrancis Veber
Written byFrancis Veber
StarringJean Reno
Patrick Bruel
Harrison Lowe
Patricia Velásquez
Music byVladimir Cosma
CinematographyLuciano Tovoli
Edited byMarie-Sophie Dubus
Release date
9 October 1996
Running time
98 minutes


François Perrin is a gambler, anxious to escape the thugs who pursue him after her reneged on a bet. He stumbled upon Jean Campana, a French ethnologist and environmentalist who was raised in Amazon jungle, and his companion Wanu, a shaman who has left his remote home to help Campana campaign on the rain forest's behalf in Paris. When Wanu suddenly tweaks Perrin's nose and proclaims him to be the "chosen one", Perrin is naturally surprised. He is more surprised when Wanu shows up in his lavish apartment that same night, drugs him and covers him with ritual markings, thereby creating a magical link between them. The next day Wanu suffers a heart attack that he interprets as the theft of his soul. He beckons Perrin beside him and insists that he go to the jungle with Campana and find his soul, which has taken the form of a jaguar. Unfortunately for Perrin, the dense jungle proves to be far more dangerous than any gambler's henchmen and comical chaos ensues as he struggles to survive.


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