Based on an uncredited true story about a Peruvian whose son disappeared in the jungles of Brazil, screenplay trades on numerous enduring myths and legends about the return to nature and growing up in the wild.
Powers Boothe, an American engineer and designer assigned to build an enormous dam in Brazil, loses his young son in the wilderness and, against seemingly hopeless odds, sets out to find him.
Ten years later, the two finally meet up under perilous circumstances. By this time, the son, played by the director’s own sprog, Charley Boorman, has become well integrated into the ways of a friendly Indian tribe and has little desire to return to the outside world.
Once he has been exposed to the simple virtues of ‘uncivilized’ life, Boothe begins to have serious doubts about the nature of his work in the area.
Despite some lumps in the narrative and characterization and some occasionally awkward tension between the documentary realism enforced by the subject and the heavy stylization of the director’s approach, film proves engrossing and visually fascinating.