Cinema: Two Sticks

QUEST FOR FIRE

Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud

Screenplay by Gerard Brack

Life is tough for the Ulam tribe these days (80,000 B.C.). Their cave is under attack from the Wagaboo, a few rungs down the evolutionary ladder and plenty fierce. Worst of all, the Wagaboo steal the Ulam fire—the mysterious element that keeps them warm, broils their food and acts as an invader repellent. So three of the Ulam prepare to cross what will become Western Europe in search of their elusive prerequisite. Upon their departure, exotic birds soar overhead in salute. The camera eye grows misty in reverence. Philippe Sarde's heavenly choir surges...

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