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Black Butterflies (2011)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  31 March 2011 (Netherlands)
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In apartheid-torn South Africa, poet Ingrid Jonker struggles tragically in search of love and a sense of home.

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Eugene Maritz
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Anna Jonker
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Marjorie
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Jan Rabie
Waldemar Schultz ...
Etienne le Roux
Tarryn Page ...
Irma
Louis Pretorius ...
Mike Loots
Damon Berry ...
Pieter Venter
Martinus Van Der Berg ...
Marius Schoon (as Marthinus Van den Berg)
Florence Masebe ...
Maria
Jennifer Steyn ...
Lucille Jonker (Lulu)
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She searched for a home, she searched for love. Confronted by Apartheid and a father who was Minister of censorship. With men like Jack Cope and Andre Brink she found much love, but no home. In his first speech to the South African Parliament Nelson Mandela read her poem "The Dead Child of Nyanga" and addresses her as one of the finest poets of South Africa. Written by Anonymous

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Melodrama lacking in compelling drama
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After the death of their grandmother, young Ingrid Jonker (Carice van Houten) and her sister Anna were given to their estranged father Abraham (Rutger Hauer). He is an overbearing father and becomes the minister of censorship. She has a baby and can't get rid of her clingy husband. One day, she's rescued by writer Jack Cope (Liam Cunningham) and they begin a stormy affair.

Maybe there is a compelling story in this person's bio. They didn't find it in this movie. Director Paula van der Oest has put in a lot of poetry and made a boring melodrama. The story has no excitement. Rutger Hauer plays domineering father well but he lacks menace and screen time. Ingrid Jonker's life is a mess and that's really all I got out of the movie.


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