MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 30,253 this week

The Butterfly (I) (2002)
"Le papillon" (original title)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 2,276 users   Metascore: 64/100
Reviews: 14 user | 25 critic | 11 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 19 May 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 23 Aug 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 27 Jul 2013
 
list image
a list of 26 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Butterfly" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Butterfly (2002)

The Butterfly (2002) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Butterfly.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Butterfly (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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 »

Director: José Luis Cuerda
Stars: Manuel Lozano, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Uxía Blanco
Butterfly I (2010)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Butterfly is a suspense/horror hybrid about NICK COLE, a straight-to-video horror director who is kidnapped by, LANEY, an over zealous fan, determined to impress him with her own film ... See full summary »

Director: Edward E. Romero
Stars: Mandi Kreisher, Jay Laisne, Sky Kelley
Butterfly (1982)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Orson Welles, as judge Rauch, holds a lengthy trial against Jess Tyler, a caretaker deserted by his wife ten years before, who's accused of improper relations with his daughter Kady. ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Cimber
Stars: Stacy Keach, Pia Zadora, Orson Welles
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A chronicle of a group of friends in rural France in 1918. Garris and Riton live in the marshlands along the banks of the Loire river. Riton is afflicted with a bad-tempered wife and three ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Becker
Stars: Jacques Villeret, Jacques Gamblin, André Dussollier
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A modern-day Parisian town crier gradually learns that someone is using him to give cryptic warnings of a plague outbreak in the city.

Director: Régis Wargnier
Stars: José Garcia, Lucas Belvaux, Marie Gillain
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Sandrine, a woman in her thirties gets tired of life in Paris and decides to leave her work in computers and become a farmer. She takes the required practice for two years, and after that ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Carion
Stars: Michel Serrault, Mathilde Seigner, Jean-Paul Roussillon
The Light (2004)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Camille arrives at the island Ouessant where she was born, to sell the house of her parents. She finds a book of a certain Antoine and starts reading. A story of a stranger is told who came... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Lioret
Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Philippe Torreton, Grégori Derangère
Suddenly (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An Argentinian Dutch and Latin Comedy Drama where a young naive girl Marcia (Tatiana Saphir) learns about her sexuality. Marcia is kidnapped by 2 punk women Mao (Carla Crespo)& Veronica ... See full summary »

Director: Diego Lerman
Stars: Tatiana Saphir, Carla Crespo, Veronica Hassan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After his son dies, an elderly man comes back to Spain from the US and hopes to find out which of his granddaughters is true, and which one is bastard.

Director: José Luis Garci
Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Rafael Alonso, Cayetana Guillén Cuervo
Le papillon II (2002)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Directors: Antoine Antin, Jenny Rakotomamonjy
Magique! (2008)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Director: Philippe Muyl
Stars: Marie Gillain, Cali, Antoine Duléry
The Butterfly (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Seung-wook Moon
Stars: Hyeong-seong Jang, Hye-jeong Kang, Ho-jung Kim
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ...
Julien
Claire Bouanich ...
Elsa
Nade Dieu ...
Isabelle
Jacques Bouanich ...
Sébastien's Father
Jerry Lucas ...
Sébastien
...
Amie d'Isabelle
Gérald Maillet ...
SDF
Françoise Dubois ...
Femme de la cabine téléphonique
...
Cafe Waitress
Hélène Hily ...
Marguerite, the Concierge
Idwig Stephane ...
Entomologist
Fabien Béhar
Pierre Poirot ...
Police Commissioner
Magali Bonat ...
Vendeuse magasin de sport
Francis Frappat ...
Geometrician
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 December 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Butterfly  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$38,438 (USA) (30 July 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Visa d'exploitation 105.285 See more »

Soundtracks

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
They still make great movies!
29 January 2006 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

This movie is just what movies are supposed to be about, about people, their interaction, the way they evolve as a result... life. Add to that great dialogue, good acting and a great photography and you got a movie that should be on the top 20 list of anyone looking for real movies.

The fact that the underlying storyline has already been brought several times to the big screen, with the same dexterity or not, does not detract from the fact that this film combines all its elements in a mix that positions it above the crowd. Serrault's movies might not all have been of this quality, but in recent years he has certainly managed to bring us several movies where the humane aspect of his characters prevail.

Do not start looking for logical explanations for certain elements of the movie, do not psychoanalyse it and try to find faults... this movie is just like life itself, sometimes logical, sometimes illogical, often random. Just watch, enjoy and get carried away by the witty dialogue. Despite all the adversities one might encounter, it's those little things - how insignificant they may be - that make it worthwhile and helps everyone become the unique individuals we are.

This is a sincere movie suitable for the whole family that manages to stay out of the tear-jerker or kiddy movie categories. Special mention also for the soundtrack! If you liked this you might also want to check out The Malabar Princess.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
how do i get it for free? cynthia4315563
Soundtrack matt_the_titan
Charming and heartbreaking! coolkidsflix
Collectors Edition samradion
Anyone know the lyrics for the song that plays during the credits? philiphalabi35
Discuss The Butterfly (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?