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A married teacher/closeted lesbian meets a young, free spirited singer who will allow her to rediscover herself.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Flavia
Yuan Tian ...
Yip
Eric Kot ...
Ming (Flavia's Husband)
Stephanie Che ...
Jin
Yat Ning Chan ...
Young Flavia (as Isabel Chan)
Joman Chiang ...
Young Jin
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Flavia's dad
Pauline Yam ...
Rosa
Carl Ng ...
Carl (Man in Macau bar)
Yuen-Leung Poon ...
Man in coffee shop
Redbean Lau ...
Flavia's mum
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brenda Chan ...
Samantha's mother
Alice Lee ...
Pauline
Nicky Shih ...
Demonstrator & university student
Stanley Tam ...
Chemistry teacher
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Flavia is a thirtysomething married teacher. She has suppressed the memory of her adolescent lesbian fling with Jin and is stuck in a stifling marriage. A chance encounter in a supermarket with the playful and seductive singer Yip reawakens dormant feelings and she begins to think back on her teenage affair with Jin. Written by Anonymous

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Flavia: I don't know why I always fell for girls. I can't even help my students. I always give up when I'm half way through doing something. If I go on like this, I'll hurt a lot of people.
Yip: Why do you blame yourself for everything? You've tried your best. That's good enough. No one will blame you.
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About self perception and acceptance
25 April 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Although the plot is centered on the story of a married female teacher who struggles to come to terms with her sexuality, I believe the message of butterfly goes beyond this description. All the main characters in one way or another portray how we as individuals come to terms or deny or most inner self. I found particularly interesting the parallel between the person as an individual and the person as a social subject, and how the interaction between the two can be a conflictive one, specially if the traits that mark the self are not socially accepted or naturalized. In all, a beautiful moving film of contemporary struggle for self and social acceptance.


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