- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 19, 2004
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: First Run Features
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
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New York Times - 12/19/2003
"[A] delicate, visually translucent film....Its combination of psychological insight and emotional restraint helps it transcend sentimentality."
Box Office - 03/01/2004
"The unyielding lens catches even the smallest moments of yielding....[Bouanich] is a winsome wonderment..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/19/2004
"THE BUTTERFLY is an exceptionally satisfying film of much grace and beauty."
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.
- IN THEATRES: DECEMBER 19, 2003 (NY)