AMAZON is a jungle adventure with an ecological angle and Finnish director and co-screenwriter Mika Kaurismaki's English-language feature debut. It throws some intriguing twists into an old genre, but it loses its focus as it goes along and ends abruptly and anti-climactically.
The film opens with Kari (Kari Vaananen, who costarred as the "village idiot" in LENINGRAD COWBOYS GO AMERICA, a film by Mika's acclaimed younger brother, Aki Kaurismaki) and his two preteen daughters, Nina and Lea (Minna Sovio and Ailo Sovio), speeding along the grandly named Trans Amazonica
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