- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 20, 2001
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Miramax Lionsgate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - Spanish
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 07/??/2000
"...Lovely pastoral settings and finely tuned performances [by Gomez and Lozano]..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/21/2000
"...Something quite powerfully unnerving..." -- Rating: B
Box Office - 05/01/2000
"...A variety of fine performances..."
Los Angeles Times - 06/16/2000
"...BUTTERFLY is a beautiful, harrowing film of understated power and perception..."
Moncho (Manuel Lozano) is a curious little boy who lives with his loving family in rural 1930s Spain. Sitting in his bed reading at night while his older brother practices his saxophone, Moncho is afraid of starting school and afraid especially that the teacher will beat him. To the contrary, teacher Don Gregorio (Fernando Fernan Gomez) fascinates Moncho with lessons about nature and freedom. Taking long walks by the stream in the beautiful countryside--catching butterflies, listening for the sounds of crickets, peeking at the local girls swimming nearby--Moncho and his brother learn to appreciate the beauty of nature, and through it achieve a better understanding of their own coming of age.
Underlying this gentle plot is an aggravated political situation, suggested in debates between Moncho's parents or in suspicious activity among the parents of Moncho's classmates. When the Spanish Civil War commences in 1936, this peaceful period of discovery comes to an abrupt end as Moncho is faced with real life lessons about political persecution, discrimination, religious hysteria, and the terror of war. Capturing the color and mystery of the world as seen through a child's eyes, Jose Luis Cuerda's BUTTERFLY is a sweet, moving film.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
Acclaimed by critics and featuring legendary star Fernando Fernan Gomez (ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER), BUTTERFLY is a heartwarming tale about a young boy growing up in a small Spanish town. Moncho is timid and fearful as he starts school for the first time. But with the nurturing guidance of his kind and devoted teacher, Don Gregorio (Gomez), a world of possibilities begins to open up for young Moncho. As the school year comes to a close, however, civil war begins sweeping across the country, forcing the boy's family and community to choose between the fight for freedom and the threat of persecution! An amazing story of family and friendship during a time of extreme conflict -- you're sure to enjoy this magical motion picture!
- Theatrical release: June 16, 2000 (US).
- SUNSHINE was filmed in Galicia, Spain.
- Based on a collection of short stories by Manuel Rivas entitled QUE ME QUIERES AMOR' Rivas was a native of Galicia and the original book was written in Galician.
- Director Jose Luis Cuerda Visited all the schools in the region where the film was made, and auditioned 2500 boys for the part of Moncho before chosing Manuel Lozano.
- Jose Luis Cuerda approached Manuel Rivas about making his book into the movie BUTTERFLY and the two are now close friends.
- The Spanish title LA LENGUA DE LOS MARIPOSAS means "the butterfly's tongue," which is one of the nature lessons that Don Gregorio teaches to his class.