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The Butterfly
- Michel Serrault

Overview - Writer-director Philippe Muyl delivers this tender French family drama about an unlikely bond that forms between a young girl and her elderly neighbor. Michel Serrault (LE CAGE AUX FOLLES) is Julien, an aging butterfly collector who leads a quiet life.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Writer-director Philippe Muyl delivers this tender French family drama about an unlikely bond that forms between a young girl and her elderly neighbor. Michel Serrault (LE CAGE AUX FOLLES) is Julien, an aging butterfly collector who leads a quiet life. But when Elsa (Claire Bouanich) moves into the apartment above him, Julien's life takes on a new trajectory. Neglected by her mother, the inquisitive eight-year-old attaches herself to Julien and convinces him to take her on a trip to the mountains to try to locate Isabelle, a beautiful but elusive butterfly. At first skeptical, Julien relents--thinking that Elsa's mother has left her alone in the apartment--and the pair embark on their journey. As the journey unfolds, Julien shows Elsa the attention that she's been craving, and Elsa gives Julien a new lease on life, helping him to see the world through more innocent eyes. Back at home, Elsa's mother Isabelle (Nade Dieu) is shocked to discover that her daughter has disappeared. A near-tragedy brings the situation to a head, teaching each of the characters a very valuable lesson about life and love. Directed with extreme sensitivity by Muyl, THE BUTTERFLY features standout performances from the always reliable Serrault and newcomer Bouanich.

Cast List

Claire Bouanich - Actor, THE BUTTERFLY (2003)
Nade Dieu - Actor, THE BUTTERFLY (2003)
Phillippe Muyl - Director, THE BUTTERFLY (2003)
Patrick Godeau - French Producer, BAXTER
Michel Serrault - French Actor
Nicholas Herdt - Director of Photography, THE BUTTERFLY (2003)
Nicholas Errera - Music, BUTTERFLY (2003)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 80
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 720229911191
  • Genre: Foreign Video - French
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: October 2004

Related Categories:
Movies > Foreign Films
Movies > French

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Paris, France
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IN THEATRES: DECEMBER 19, 2003 (NY)

Reviews:
"[A] delicate, visually translucent film....Its combination of psychological insight and emotional restraint helps it transcend sentimentality." - 12/19/2003 New York Times, p.E13


"The unyielding lens catches even the smallest moments of yielding....[Bouanich] is a winsome wonderment..." - 03/01/2004 Box Office, p.31


"THE BUTTERFLY is an exceptionally satisfying film of much grace and beauty." - 03/19/2004 Los Angeles Times, p.E11

 
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