In the pursuit of self-discovery and authentic experiences, the Israeli backpacker, Yossi Ghinsberg, meets a cryptic Austrian geologist in La Paz, Bolivia, and captivated by his engrossing stories of lost tribes, uncharted adventures and even gold, decides to follow him, circa 1981. Without delay and accompanied by the good friends, Kevin, an American photographer, and Marcus, a Swiss teacher, they join an expedition led by their seasoned trail-leader, deep into the emerald and impenetrable Amazonian rainforest. However, as the endless and inhospitable jungle separates the inexperienced team, before long, Yossi will find himself stranded in the depths of a nightmarish environment crawling with formidable and tireless adversaries. How can one escape this green maze?
Nature Has Only One Law - Survival.
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It would have been impossible for McLean to condense all of Ghinsberg's trials into one movie, which unfortunately left out:
- When Ghinsberg woke up covered in leeches.
- When Ghinsberg slipped down a slope and impaled his rectum on a broken stick.
- When Ghinsberg woke up to find a swarm of termites eating patches of his skin where he'd urinated on himself.
After Yossi cuts the worm out of his head, for most of the rest of the movie the cut is no longer there. See more
I left Israel in 1980 after three years in the army. I was desperate to escape the well-worn path. High school, university, work, marriage, kids. Not me. I wanted to be different. To experience the extraordinary. And to enter the unknown, discover lost tribes, hidden treasures, the darkest heart of the jungle. Which is why, of course, I ended up in Bolivia, South America.
References Swiss Army Man
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