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31 March 2011 (Netherlands) See more »
Her words united a whole continent. [Scandinavian DVD.]
In apartheid-torn South Africa, poet Ingrid Jonker struggles tragically in search of love and a sense of home. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Carice van Houten ... Ingrid Jonker

Liam Cunningham ... Jack Cope

Rutger Hauer ... Abraham Jonker
Graham Clarke ... Uys Krige

Nicholas Pauling ... Eugene Maritz

Candice D'Arcy ... Anna Jonker
Ceridwen Morris ... Marjorie

Grant Swanby ... 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)
Thamsanqua Mbongo ... Nkosi
Nicholas Allers ... Elderly man
Diane Wilson ... Ouma
Euodia Sampson ... Muslim woman
Albert Maritz ... Bus conductor
Shannyn Fourie ... Eugene's wife
Sylvia Esau ... Woman in Nyanga
Peter Butler ... Man in bus
Chris Majiedt ... Fisherman
Sabrina Oschmann ... Young Ingrid
Fallin Robertson ... Young Anna
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary Green ... Artist
Sabine Soetanto
Leon Clingman ... Valkenberg receptionist (uncredited)

Directed by
Paula van der Oest 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Greg Latter 

Produced by
Michael Auret .... producer
Marina Blok .... co-producer: NTR
Richard Claus .... producer
Arnold Heslenfeld .... executive producer
Amanda Law .... line producer
Petra Pechackova .... associate producer
Frans van Gestel .... producer
Arry Voorsmit .... producer
Original Music by
Philip Miller 
Cinematography by
Giulio Biccari (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sander Vos 
Casting by
Anna Feyder 
Job Gosschalk 
Christa Schamberger 
Jeremy Zimmermann  (as Jeremy Zimmerman)
Production Design by
Darryl Hammer 
Art Direction by
Darryl Hammer 
Costume Design by
Rae Donnelly 
Makeup Department
Shanaaz Alexander .... assistant makeup artist
Raine Edwards .... makeup department head
Francesca Van Der Feyst .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Amanda Law .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Graham Hickson .... first assistant director
Reinier Smit .... assistant director
Reinier Smit .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mark Risk .... storyboard artist
Surisa Surisa .... property master
Sound Department
Barry Donnelly .... dialogue editor
Barry Donnelly .... sound re-recording mixer
Barry Donnelly .... supervising sound editor
Philip Olckers .... foley artist
Philip Olckers .... second assistant sound editor
Michaël Sauvage .... adr recordist (as Michael Sauvage)
James Shannon .... dolby sound consultant
Mark Shehab .... assistant sound editor
Mark Shehab .... foley recordist
Visual Effects by
Graeme Armstrong .... compositor
Jeremy Hattingh .... visual effects supervisor
Kailyn Johnson .... visual effects artist
Louise Mycielski .... visual effects coordinator
Fir Suidema .... visual effects coordinator
Andre Van Der Merwe .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
Billy Charlton .... camera operator: b cam
Zane Kassiem .... grip
Zak Katz .... set digital image technician
Djuma Masudi .... grip
Jefri Meintjes .... second assistant a-camera
Zak 'Ebenezzer' O'Leary .... key grip
Coco Van Oppens .... videographer
Adi Visser .... steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol Isaacs .... wardrobe supervisor
Claudia Littlefield .... costume supervisor
Terence Norman .... key costumer
Lynn Paulsen .... textile artist
Editorial Department
Donovan Bush .... colorist
Louise Mycielski .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Gavan Eckhart .... musical director
Mark van den Oever .... music clearance services
Transportation Department
Andre Bennett .... driver
Winnie Weber .... driver: cast
Other crew
Angelique de Kock .... accounts cashier
Amanda Kotze .... assistant accountant
Jason Martin .... assistant marine coordinator
Reinier Smit .... script supervisor
Arry Voorsmit .... development executive
Roland Wigman .... legal counsel
Jerome Williams .... location assistant

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36 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Lackluster drama, 7 February 2011
Author: CineCritic2517 from The Netherlands

Butterflies tries to show us the hardship of the poet Ingrid Jonker in the 50's and 60's in South Africa; her social and mental struggles and the clashes with her family. Striving for equality between the races, she finds herself opposed to her father who heads up a government censorship board.

This could have been a good backdrop for some decent drama and the portrayal of a country raped by apartheid. But besides shoving an unlikable protagonist down our throats (Jonker), the film offered very little in the way of plot and dialog. What was presented in stead was a 90 minute volley of uneasy situations with Jonker interacting with characters who turned up whenever the script required it without a plot-inspired narrative flow.

The connections to her surrounding characters are never really explored and the development of situations felt awkwardly and needlessly rushed. The interactions between Jonker and her father for example, which should have been key scenes in the film, lacked any additional purpose besides the very obvious. Screenwriter Greg Latter, who did much better when he wrote the screenplay for the 2007 movie Forgiveness, also set in South Africa, really missed the mark here by only serving up predictable dialog for a historical drama that already lacked a discernible outline.

Neither van Houten nor Hauer were particularly convincing in their roles and the acting by Liam Cunningham made their performances pale in comparison. But it was most of all van Houten who clearly wasn't up to the task. Her crass Dutch accent was particularly annoying, especially considering how easy it should be for a Dutch actress to get the S.A. accent right. Her acting also felt a bit labored at times which was compounded by her role mostly being fed dramatic clichés.

There's a good soundtrack however, accompanying some very beautiful imagery but the movie as a whole is a rather lackluster and exasperating watch.


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