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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michel Serrault ... Julien
Claire Bouanich ... Elsa
Nade Dieu ... Isabelle
Jacques Bouanich ... Sébastien's Father
Jerry Lucas ... Sébastien

Aurélie Meriel ... Amie d'Isabelle
Gérald Maillet ... SDF
Françoise Dubois ... Femme de la cabine téléphonique

Françoise Michaud ... 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
Jacky Nercessian ... Policier
Gabrielle Atger ... La parapentiste
Jérôme Foucher ... Le parapentiste
Philippe Le Dem ... Cardiologue
Christiane Bopp

Dominic Gould
Esther Perez-Pajares ... Femme du hacker
Dominique Marcas ... Sébastien Grandmother
Catherine Cyler ... Sébastien's Mother
Laurent Chouteau ... Gendarme
Franck Adrien ... Chef des secouristes
Alain Bert ... Secouriste
Armand Chagot ... Secouriste
Alain Blazquez ... Secouriste
Valentin Traversi ... Secouriste

Directed by
Philippe Muyl 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philippe Muyl 

Produced by
Françoise Galfré .... executive producer
Patrick Godeau .... producer
Original Music by
Nicolas Errèra 
Cinematography by
Nicolas Herdt (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mireille Leroy 
Production Design by
Nikos Meletopoulos 
Set Decoration by
Loïc Chavanon 
Costume Design by
Françoise Dubois 
Sylvie de Segonzac 
Makeup Department
Michèle Constantinides .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Michel Jullien .... production manager
Hussein Khedoo .... assistant unit manager
Eric Simille .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Dachet .... second assistant director
David Koch .... third assistant director
Serge Onteniente .... first assistant director (as Serge Boutleroff)
Sound Department
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Pierre Collodin .... boom operator
Eric Grattepain .... foley artist
Marion Lorthioir .... post-synchronization
Nicolas Naegelen .... sound editor
Nicolas Naegelen .... sound mixer
Yves Osmu .... sound recordist
Yves Osmu .... sound
Arnaud Rolland .... assistant sound editor
Daniel Sobrino .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Nicolas David .... titles design
Visual Effects by
Hubert Fourneaux .... visual effects coordinator
Fabien Girodot .... visual effects supervisor
David Rodrigues .... digital effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Pascal Baillargeau .... first assistant camera
Eric Caro .... still photographer
Patrick de Ranter .... Steadicam operator
Dominique Delguste .... additional camera operator
Jean-Pierre Deschamps .... key grip
Cyril Liberman .... first assistant camera
Steve Moreau .... additional first assistant camera
Laurent Robert .... electrician
Eric Thurot .... electrician
Sylvain Viricel .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Laurent Couraud .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Françoise Dubois .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Stéphanie Pedelacq .... assistant editor
Benjamin Weill .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Nicolas Errèra .... conductor
Valérie Lindon .... music producer
Other crew
Stéphane Boulay .... travelling car
Francine Cathelain .... script supervisor
Stéphanie Fouet .... administrator
Guillaume Jamet .... product placement

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Also Known As:
"Le papillon" - France (original title)
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85 min | Canada:83 min | Argentina:84 min
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Sweet and ephemeral, 5 July 2006
Author: ecjones1951 from United States

I can't remember the last time I watched a movie to the end of the credits and immediately went back to the titles and watched it all over again. I was in need of some cheering up. Parents can watch "The Butterfly" with their children and everyone in the room will enjoy it.

It is a pleasure to see a child actor who is as natural and believable as Claire Bouanich. I'm guessing she didn't know she was working with a legend -- but maybe she did. Anyway, she more than holds her own with Michel Serrault.

Some of the "life lessons" taught in "The Butterfly" are a little pat. Some of the coincidences are a bit contrived. But that's OK. The beautiful scenery, witty banter between the two leads and the lessons they learn from each other make up for any deficiencies. Sometimes what we need or want most in our lives really is right under our noses. This movie is a gentle reminder of that basic truth. Very sweet and endearing.

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