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Ao, The Last Neanderthal ( Ao, le dernier Néandertal ) ( Ao The Last Neanderthal )

Agie , Helmi Dridi , Jacques Malaterre    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Agie, Helmi Dridi, Ilian Ivanov, Vesela Kazakova, Sara Malaterre
  • Directors: Jacques Malaterre
  • Producers: The Last Neanderthal ( Ao, le dernier Néandertal ) ( Ao The Last Neanderthal ) Ao, The Last Neanderthal Ao, le dernier Néandertal Ao, Ao The Last Neanderthal
  • Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tf1 Video
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004W5FKOU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,699 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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France released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Documentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Jacques Malaterre's debut film following his acclaimed TV docu-fictions A Species' Odyssey (nominated for the 2003 European Film Award for Best Documentary) and Homo Sapiens retraces the history of a dying species - the Neanderthal - which disappeared 30 000 years ago, after 300 000 years of reign over the planet. Ao (Simon Paul Sutton) is a nomad who lives in harmony with nature and travels across Europe in search of survivors from his clan. Rejected by the groups he meets due to his ape-like features and colossal strength, he falls in love with a Homo sapiens woman, Aki (Aruna Shields), who has been imprisoned by her tribe. Ao fights for his survival, and to protect his loved ones, but their biggest danger is the "Hyena-Men", a clan of the Homo sapiens that are out to exterminate him and his species. ...Ao, The Last Neanderthal ( Ao, le dernier Néandertal ) ( Ao The Last Neanderthal )

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neanderthals Want Our Women 15 Mar 2013
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This probably has as much to do with Neanderthals as Watership Down has to do with the thought processes of rabbits: but since we cannot know we might as well imagine. Ao is portrayed as being an eco-warrior, very much in touch with nature and unwilling to kill humans, as compared to the horrid humans who are all too ready to meet the dead people quota. The loss of his tribe in the snow of Siberia sends him back to Greece to find his long-lost brother (the Neanderthals, who knew a thing or two about genetics, exchanging children between clans). Along the way he encounters the same disease that killed his father (malaria?), and meets a human woman. The story is entertaining, with plenty of action, but the slightly preachy narration (Neanderthals not speaking English, ye'll ken) may cause some derision.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a honest and quite watchable French film - it is however nowhere near the quality of "Quest for fire", which the director tried to largely imitate... Some limited SPOILERS ahead.

It is the story of Ao, a Neanderthal man living 30 000 years ago, whose clan was destroyed and who tries to go back to the land of his ancestors, where he hopes find other people of his kind (by the way, the original title is "Ao, the last Neanderthal"). On his way he meets a young and very pregnant Homo sapiens woman, Aki, whose tribe also perished. Hard times making for strange travelling buddies, they will join forces, although for quite a long time without much enthusiasm... Their situation is complicated by the chase given to them by Hyena-Men, a small but very agressive band of Cro-Magnon Homo sapiens, the same who exterminated Aki's tribe.

The film has some really strong points:

- the images. Filmed mostly in national parks in Ukraine and Bulgaria, this movie offers us a very good show of wild nature, both in summer and winter, on plains, marshes, rugged hills and wild mountains; caves are very spectacular as is the recently burned out forest, with just the first traces of green re-appearing in the middle of desolation; genuine wild animals pictures (bisons, wild horses, wolves, eagles) were also skillfully integrated in the film.

- actors. British actors Simon Paul Sutton (Ao) and Aruna Shields (Aki) did very well. Aruna Shields paintings and other body decorations were very well made and they underline her considerable beauty (she also shows herself very generously to her public...).

- the story. I rather liked the story, even if the scenario is full of plot holes (see below).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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We are in Europe, 30,000 years before the present. Ao (British actor Simon Sutton, under heavy makeup), is the last of the Neanderthals (he belonged to the last surviving clan, and escaped from being massacred
along them by a bunch of Homo Sapiens). He is now on the run, and in his flight, he takes as companion a beautiful Homo Sapiens girl named Aki (the beautiful Aruna Shields, a petite who appears in this film
topless most of the time) who is fleeing with her baby for some unspecified reason. Against all odds, Ao and Aki would have some sort of interspecies romance (scientists have recently found that there was
some interbreeding between Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens).

Any film that deals with prehistoric man (not that there many of them), is almost inevitably going to have some ridiculous scenes, and this is no exception. But this French movie (by renowned documentary filmmaker Jacques Malaterre) is able to hold our interest. The beautiful wintry locations where this was shot (in France and Bulgaria) certainly helps.
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