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Butterfly (1999)
"La lengua de las mariposas" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  24 September 1999 (Spain)
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For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Fernán Gómez ...
Don Gregorio
Manuel Lozano ...
Moncho
Uxía Blanco ...
Rosa
Gonzalo Uriarte ...
Ramón
Alexis de los Santos ...
Andrés
Jesús Castejón ...
D. Avelino
Guillermo Toledo ...
O'Lis
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Carmiña
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Roque
Tatán ...
Roque Padre
Roberto Vidal Bolaño ...
Boal (as Roberto Vidal)
Celso Parada ...
Macias
Celso Bugallo ...
Cura
Antonio Lagares ...
Alcalde (as Tucho Lagares)
Milagros Jiménez ...
Nena
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For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older brother, a budding saxophone player, he makes a trip with the band from their town in Galicia. But it's also the year that the Spanish Republic comes under fire from Fascist rebels. Moncho's father is a Republican as is the aging teacher, Don Gregorio. As sides are drawn and power falls clearly to one side, the forces of fear, violence, and betrayal alter profoundly what should be the pleasure of coming of age. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$4,891 (Norway) (29 September 2000)

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$2,086,098 (USA) (6 October 2000)
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Sweepingly Beautiful and Poignant
24 August 2000 | by (Palm Springs, CA) – See all my reviews

This was a film that really tugged at the heart strings. I really enjoyed the building of characters and the way the lives of the village were portrayed. It was a difficult time politically, yet the simplicity of daily life and family in Galicia was the over-riding story here. The acting is second to none and Manuel Lozano was unbelievably fantastic! I mean these ridiculous "affected" children they get for American movies (i.e. the "Pepsi" girl) are so unbelievable and fake. Manuel is so realistic as Moncho. So are the other actors.

I don't necessarily agree with the way that Cuerda rushed the ending, but I certainly wouldn't want to take away any time in portraying the lives of everyone involved. Maybe he should have made it a little longer as not to rush the ending. Although I will say that one of my favorite things about foreign films is that they are so NOT "Hollywood" that you never really know what to expect. Unlike the trite, unbelievable, over-acted, high budget American films and their overpaid actors which usually just leave a bad taste when I exit from the theatre.

This is an historical piece that absolutely shames "the Patriot". It's so nice to see that a movie doesn't have to change history to show us the past and entertain us at the same time!


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