A Parisian boy and his chalk-and-cheese grandmothers end up stranded in the Brazilian jungle, the better to endure an onslaught of adventure-comedy cliches. Conventional fish-out-of-water escapade is undemanding fare that’s tube fodder for family timeslots.
Benjamin (David-Alexandre Parquier), whose mom is dead and whose father has been searching for gold in Brazil for two years, is more level-headed than either of his grannies. Refined voice teacher Anne (Fanny Ardant) openly dislikes Suzanne (Josiane Balasko), an old-style concierge in a lower-class district who cheats at cards and shoplifts when not championing simple working folk such as herself. Relocating to Brazil, where they expect a warm welcome from Benjamin’s dad, they instead find themselves fleeing textbook baddies and ardent tribesmen in the rough company of a Frenchman, Jean (Thierry Fremont). First half-hour of zaftig-and-earthy vs. stylish-and-effete is relatively lively , but local color (pic was lensed in Venezuela) and frayed nerves wear thin way before the ludicrous shootout finale. Deliberately playing older and more decrepit, Ardant and Balasko turn in game perfs — though the jungle grime sticks only to the latter.