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Release Date:
18 December 2002 (France) See more »
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 ... Le gérant d'hôtel
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 ... Le femme du cardiologue

Dominic Gould ... Le hacker
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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful Film!, 2 December 2007
Author: WilliamCKH from Northern California

I really love this film! There is a sweetness about it that really makes you smile. I love films where a child and adult are forced to have conversation and how both parties learn from one other. It's not easy to pull off because it depends so much on the balance of the two, the child must be believable, and Claire Bouanich as Elsa is. She kinda reminds me of a young Linsay Lohan (in the Parent Trap). Michel Serrault is, of course wonderful. He played a similar role in Une hirondelle a fait le printemps (The Girl From Paris), a crotchety old man, who wants to be left alone but somehow is won over by a young person, full of energy and life, and full of questions too. I had a very personal connection with this film that I can't explain only that there were scenes in it that made me shiver only because It coincided so much with certain things in my life. If you have children, watch this film. If you don't, you may want them afterwards.

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