The Butterfly

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Released 2003

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The Butterfly

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Director:
Philippe Muyl
Released:
2003
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The Butterfly is a 2002 French film starring Michael Serrault and Claire Bouanich and directed by Philippe Muyl. Elsa (Bouanich) is a nine-year-old girl who recently moved into a new apartment with her mother. Next-door lives Julien (Serrault), an aging widower who is an avid butterfly collector. When Elsa's mother is away (which is quite often), Elsa finds herself befriending Julien. When Julien ventures off to Vercors plateau in the Alps for a weeklong trek to find a rare species of butterfly, Elsa secretly follows him. When she reveals herself to him, he is upset, but has little choice but to let her stay. On their trek the two bond over Julien's recently deceased son, who was also a butterfly collector. Things become complicated when Elsa's mother reports her kidnapped to the police. The film was well received by critics for its family friendliness, and particularly gave praise to the acting of young Bouanich.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    An exceptionally satisfying film of much grace and beauty.

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Its scrupulous, even-toned gentleness makes " The Butterfly suitable for children, while its clear-eyed intelligence and refusal to condescend should make it appealing to adults.

  • 70

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    A solidly entertaining, cross-generational two-hander, The Butterfly strikes the right balance between humor and observational bite.

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Drama, Kids

Themes

Tweens, Pre-Teens, Foreign Language