7.9/10
1,153
19 user 8 critic

The She-Butterfly (1973)

Leptirica (original title)
A young man wants to marry the beautiful daughter of a landowner who refuses to allow the marriage. To prove his worth, the young man becomes a miller in a vampire-infested local mill.

Director:

Writers:

(story "Posle devedeset godina"), (adaptation)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Holy Place (1990)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Sveto mesto (A Holy Place, 1990) is based on a literary classic, Nikolai Gogol's 1835 short story, 'Viy'. However, Kadijevic uses it only as a starting point for his own explorations into ... See full summary »

Director: Djordje Kadijevic
Stars: Dragan Jovanovic, Branka Pujic, Aleksandar Bercek
Variola Vera (1982)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

This is a true story of the famous Variola epidemic outbreak in Belgrade.

Director: Goran Markovic
Stars: Rade Serbedzija, Erland Josephson, Dusica Zegarac
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

When it comes to crime, Belgrade is same as any other modern metropolis, except for having its own serial killers. That blank is filled when a flower salesman begins strangling women. A ... See full summary »

Director: Slobodan Sijan
Stars: Tasko Nacic, Nikola Simic, Srdjan Saper
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the mountains of Montenegro people have lived by strict and Draconian laws for centuries, almost untouched by modern civilization. However, a young couple are going to seek their fortune... See full summary »

Director: Zivko Nikolic
Stars: Mira Furlan, Milutin Karadzic, Petar Bozovic
Reflections (1987)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Piano teacher is deeply traumatised by the events of his childhood, as well as by political oppression in his youth. Decades later, all those traumas lead to carnage.

Director: Goran Markovic
Stars: Mustafa Nadarevic, Anica Dobra, Milorad Mandic
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

During the excavation of ancient Roman ruins, an old archaeology professor accidentally opens the gate between our world and the world of the dead.

Director: Goran Markovic
Stars: Rade Markovic, Bogdan Diklic, Dragan Nikolic
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Story of two sisters that grew up in a small Serbian village in the beginning of the 1930s. The village is torn up by wars and years long blood oath. There are no men left in the village. ... See full summary »

Director: Uros Stojanovic
Stars: Katarina Radivojevic, Sonja Kolacaric, Stefan Kapicic
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

For the young man who lives in Serbian province town, the maturing coincides with the turbulent political events of the year 1968.

Director: Goran Paskaljevic
Stars: Slavko Stimac, Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic, Mira Banjac
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Educator and those educated in a home for juvenile delinquents in the same test: approach, take a peek into his soul to become a man. The story of a minor, neglected boys-offenders and ... See full summary »

Director: Goran Markovic
Stars: Slavko Stimac, Bekim Fehmiu, Ljubisa Samardzic
Labyrinth (2002)
Adventure | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An aging gambler and womanizer Pop returns home after 20 years, haunted by the suicide of his friend Zoran Radosavljevic. A series of events make him question whether his suicide was ... See full summary »

Director: Miroslav Lekic
Stars: Dragan Nikolic, Maja Sabljic, Branislav Lecic
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The staff of elementary school prepare the retirement party for their cleaning woman. The complicated relations within the school will emerge to the surface on the same night.

Director: Goran Markovic
Stars: Semka Sokolovic-Bertok, Bogdan Diklic, Snezana Niksic
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The plot follows the story of Zona Zamfirova (Katarina Radivojevic), a local rich man's daughter, and the vicissitudes of her affair with Mane (Vojin Cetkovic), an ordinary goldsmith. As it... See full summary »

Director: Zdravko Sotra
Stars: Vojin Cetkovic, Katarina Radivojevic, Dragan Nikolic
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Mirjana Nikolic ...
Radojka
Petar Bozovic ...
Strahinja
Slobodan Perovic ...
Zivan 'Dusman'
Vasja Stankovic ...
Kmet
Aleksandar Stojkovic ...
Purko
Tanasije Uzunovic ...
Pop
Ivan Djurdjevic ...
Sredoje
Bogoljub Petrovic ...
Ceba (as Boban Petrovic)
Toma Kuruzovic ...
Vule ... vodenicar
Branko Petkovic
Edit

Storyline

Story follows young man Strahinja who is in love with a local beauty Radojka, but their relationship has an obstacle - her father Zivan, who considers Strahinja as nothing but a loser. To prove that he's able to take care of himself and his future bride, Strahinja agrees to take vacancy in village mill... But, mill is known as a place where no one meets the dawn alive... Written by Nino

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 April 1973 (Yugoslavia)  »

Also Known As:

The She-Butterfly  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Enjoyable and haunting TV movie
12 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This Serbian, made for TV movie, tells the folkloric tale of a 19th century rural village, seeped in superstitious paranoia. There are tales of Sava Savanovic who died at least a century ago; his myth embroiled with vampiric tendencies. In the opening scene the village miller, Vule (Toma Kuruzovic), sleeps in the isolated mill. through a montage of close-ups we see staring eyes, surrounded by dirty skin; an ash- blackened hand, adorned with long, sharp finger nails, dip in the flour; sharp teeth are exposed, not in the traditional fang image of western vampire lore, but a full front row of stalactite-like gnasher's. Vule has his throat ripped out. With the discovery of the body, we are informed that this is the fourth miller to die within a year, and the speculation of a vampire murderer is brought forward.

Strahinja (Petar Bozovic) is a very poor local, who is in love with the very beautiful Radojka (Mirjana Nikolic), daughter of the ill-tempered farmer, Zivan (Slobodan Perovic). Strahinja has asked permission of the farmer for her hand in marriage, which he bitterly denies. After this severe knock-back, Straninja decides his only option is to leave the village for good. On his way out, he is stopped by the locals, who convince him to take the miller job. He stays the night there, and is visited by the vampire, only he is not killed. The villagers gather to try to hunt down the monster.

Vampire films are so incredibly prevalent at this moment in time, but most do not hold any form of atmosphere. Leptirica has it in spades. The rural setting offers an eerie sense of doom, with sound created with the sounds of screeching owls. The eccentricities of the villagers reminded me of some of the comedy characters in a Kurosawa film. The sense of isolation in the remote village is palpable also, lending the film an aura of horror. As the film was made for TV, it only runs for a little over an hour, and I felt that it would have benefited from a slightly longer running time. But this aside, I was surprised with the entire narrative, and its simplicity makes it an enjoyable experience. The films title translates into English as Butterfly, which has its meaning exposed in the last moments. Whilst it is clear who the vampire is early on in the film, it does not diminish the climax, which is gaudy, but strangely haunting.

www.the-wrath-of-blog.blogspot.com


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
PODRZIMO 'LEPTIRICU' djoleb
'LEPTIRICA' VS 'SVETO MESTO' djoleb
Discuss The She-Butterfly (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?