Eunice, an unpredictable social outcast, one day meets Miriam, a beautiful yet withdrawn gas station attendant. Before long the two are on the road and in love. Even when Eunice starts murdering horny truckers and pesky sa... more »lesmen, Miriam believes she can save her friend. The question is, can Miriam make Eunice good before Eunice makes Miriam bad?« less
"some books/flics deserve our stars because they offer glimpses--a brief moment of participation-- in an "other" way of living in this world. i read the scribblings of Charles Bukowski for this very reason. Butterfly Kiss is a serious movie about love. at times frightening, it is a tally of sordid plot, extremely believable characters, and offers a serious chance to view a relationship and things most folks would never care to experience in person. both powerful and disturbing, but very well done. At the close of the movie i remember wanting to see Butterfly Kiss again, tho at the same time unsure that my spirit could handle/endure a"
Shame on First Run Features
J. Allred | Ellerbe, N.C. United States | 07/29/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie on Direct T.V. a couple of yesrs ago and made a vhs copy that I still have. The movie itself is very good and quite disturbing and I would rate it four stars. The dvd release by First Run Features is disappointing. The picture is too rich in color and too dark. I compared the copy I made from satalite to the dvd and the satalite copy actually has a brighter film like look to it. There are no sub-titles or closed captioning which which would help us in knowing what is being said. There are no extras to speak of. Maybe 7 or 8 stills and 4 trailers of other movies they want to sell us. There is no way I would recommend this dvd or ever buy anything else from First Run Features"
Ouch and "Huh"?
J. Allred | 08/24/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Let's see, now - this makes how many movies about lesbian couples with violent tendencies? Seems to me they're starting to outnumber films about lesbian couples who nurture or at least exhibit a more normal balance of light and dark attributes. To a point, women may be excited by female characters who do whatever they like. Butterfly Kisses, however, goes far beyond this point. While also disturbing, Heavenly Creatures is superior for its greater success at showing human complexity and for at least being drawn from reality. HC had its brilliant moments - moments that have stayed with me. Amanda Plummer's dead-on acting was my sole reason, along with mild curiosity re: the conclusion, for watching this in its entirety. Otherwise I'd advise against it unless you're turned on by violence and other disturbances."
Sad and disturbing
Miranda Padgett | 03/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had been on the lookout for this movie since it received a thumbs up review an a noted movie review program. It only played in art houses for a short time so I never saw it in the theater. The sad depths that two people can descend to as one clings on to the other is very painfully depicted. This movie will stay with a person for a long time, and that is the mark of a well crafted movie. This was not a high budget film but gets a lot out of each buck, or in this case, pound sterling. Amanda Plummer does a great job and all the more disturbing since you never find out the why that is her basis for searching. If you finish watching the movie and are not a bit unsettled, check your pulse. Not sure the ease of having guns in England is on target, but Amanda (Eunice)seems to readily use hers."
A quirky little art film
Miranda Padgett | Talent, OR USA | 04/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Butterfly Kiss is this bizarre little art film centered around a chance meeting (and deranged whirlwind romance) between two very different women. Eunice (Amanda Plummer) is a delusional drifter who's wandering the countryside in search of her lost (and most likely fictional) ex-lover, Judith. Miriam (Saskia Reeves) is a very timid, clingy woman who works at a gas station and takes care of her elderly mother. She's overtaken by the need to protect Eunice, and rightly so - devolving constantly into deeper levels of insanity and violence, she's completely unmanageable, even to herself.
The film has a few definite issues that are hard to overlook, such as why Miriam is so compelled to stay with her murderous, harsh lover, or, on a lighter note, the constant chain lingerie (literally, it's a collection of chains) Eunice wears under everything, which is sort of unintentionally comical. (My first thought was, "Well, if I had on a chain thong, I'd be a little irritable, too!")
But overall, it's a really good movie: challenging, simultaneous bleak and giddy, with a wonderfully morbid denoument. I'd recommend it."