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The Butterfly (2002)

Le papillon (original title)
This is the story of a young girl named Elsa who was raised by a single mother (Isabelle) in the city. Isabelle and Elsa begin the film moving in next door to an elderly man who collects ... See full summary »

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Julien
Claire Bouanich ...
Elsa
Nade Dieu ...
Isabelle
Jacques Bouanich ...
Sébastien's Father
Jerry Lucas ...
Sébastien
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Amie d'Isabelle
Gérald Maillet ...
SDF
Françoise Dubois ...
Femme de la cabine téléphonique
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Cafe Waitress
Hélène Hily ...
Marguerite, the Concierge
Idwig Stephane ...
Entomologist
Fabien Béhar ...
Le gérant d'hôtel
Pierre Poirot ...
Police Commissioner
Magali Bonat ...
Vendeuse magasin de sport
Francis Frappat ...
Geometrician
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This is the story of a young girl named Elsa who was raised by a single mother (Isabelle) in the city. Isabelle and Elsa begin the film moving in next door to an elderly man who collects butterflies (Julien). Isabelle who "spends a lot of time with her friends" does not pay much attention to her daughter who walks home because her mother forgot to pick her up from school. After meeting her new neighbor, Elsa finds out about the butterflies and in short annoys Julien for a while. Julien receives a mystery package from a fellow entomologist. Julien sets out on his annual attempt to find a rare species of butterfly that he had once promised his son he would find (son dead) in the French country side, specifically a region known as Vercors. Elsa stows away in his car. After being discovered she convinces him to let her come to Vercors with him. They bond while hiking and camping until Julien, who is initially annoyed by Elsa, near the end of the film seems to have a ... Written by Anonymous

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18 December 2002 (France)  »

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$1,906 (USA) (19 December 2003)

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$38,438 (USA) (30 July 2004)
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Le Papillon
Performed by Michel Serrault and Claire Bouanich
Composed by Nicolas Errèra
Lyrics by Philippe Muyl
© 2002 Editions Les Notes qui s'aiment et Aliceleo
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Cutest movie ever!
30 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I highly recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. It is so adorable! It's about a little girl, Elsa, who goes on an excursion with an elderly man named Julien, who is searching for a rare butterfly known as Isabella. On their journey, the oddly paired couple learn more about each other and grow to become close friends. The dialogue is the best part of this movie; Elsa and Julien taunt each other with witty comebacks. Although only eight years old, Claire Bouanich is a very talented actress. The cameras love her, and so will you. If you're looking for a movie with a happy, feel-good ending, then "Le Papillon" is the one for you.


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