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The Butterfly (2002)

Le papillon (original title)
The plot summary says that the old man seeks a particular butterfly because of the request of his brother. Having just seen the movie, two of us are certain that it was his son, not his brother.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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$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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So called children's movie is in essence an adult's movie with lessons about life
31 March 2003 | by (VCU French Film Festival, Richmond, VA) – See all my reviews

Amazing film, the little girl does a perfect performance. The metamorphosis of the butterfly reflects the changing of the relationships between people within the story. Non-stop jokes, but it maintains its seriousness with lessons about life for adults through the use of an eight year old girl and her uncountably numerous questions. The film is an A film, with a nearly flawless script written by the director. This movie should be up on everyone's must see list and i can easily give it five stars without thinking twice.


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