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The Butterfly
The Butterfly
Actors: Michel Serrault, Claire Bouanich, Nade Dieu, Jacques Bouanich, Jerry Lucas (II)
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
UR     2004     1hr 20min

Legendary actor Michel Serrault stars as Julien, an ornery butterfly collector. When eight-year-old Elsa and her often-absent mother move into the apartment next to his, the persistent and curious Elsa adopts a reluctant J...  more »


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Actors: Michel Serrault, Claire Bouanich, Nade Dieu, Jacques Bouanich, Jerry Lucas (II)
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/19/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Anick L. from COLUMBIA, SC
Reviewed on 7/14/2010...
An absolutely delightful movie sure to put a smile on your face. Superb acting from Michel Serrault and Claire Bouanich. The French countryside will make you want to pack your bags and go on a hike in Provence. An absolute must see for the family.

Movie Reviews

A Film That Both Charms and Delights
Timothy Kearney | Hull, MA United States | 10/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I intended to see THE BUTTERFLY at a French Film Festival here in Boston a few years ago, but I purchased the tickets on line and must have made a mistake, because I was given tickets for another film that was showing on the same day at a later time. I then rented the DVD or what I thought was the DVD but didn't pay careful attention to the box and saw a Spanish film with the same title, a worthwhile film, but not what I wanted to see. Seeing this film was becoming as much of a challenge as finding the elusive as the butterfly that the main character is searching for in the film. Finally I had the correct DVD in hand, and saw a simple film that is both moving and charming.

THE BUTTERFLY (LE PAPILLON) is a relatively short (about eighty minutes) film that tells the story of a friendship that grows between a young girl and a man old enough to be her grandfather. Julien (Michel Surrault) is an older gentleman who has a passion for collecting butterflies. A young mother and her daughter Elsa move in the same apartment building. Elsa (Claire Bouanich) is often left alone and one day, as Julien leaves for a trip to find an elusive butterfly, the Isabella, Elsa is left alone. He has a choice: either he can leave Elsa with the police or he can take her with him. He chooses the latter, due more to impatience with the wait at the police station than any kind of attachment to the girl, and it is on the trip the two bond. We learn as the film progresses why Julien is alone and the importance of finding the Isabella for both characters.

The story of a young spirit touching the heart of a lonely older person is familiar and has been told in many different ways in films the world over, yet THE BUTTERFLY manages to tell it in an original way. The film is gorgeous to watch, especially the mountain scenes, and it never gets sentimental though it tugs at the heart. It's an enjoyable film to watch and a great film to have in a DVD collection to watch again and again.
S. E. Fanning | Nashville, TN | 03/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I can't add much to the previous reviews of the movie but to say that this is an exquisite film. It's one of those movies that make you think, "Why aren't more movies like this..."

It's also a great movie for students of French to watch. The language is very easy compared to most French language hmovies."
V. Martinez | 05/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a beautiful story of what the old can teach the young and vice versa.
A lovely young girl is neglected by here mother and is taken butterfly hunting by an elderly neighbor. The conversations exchanged between the two are priceless."