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Un papillon sur l'épaule (1978)

A man who finds there is another world to the one we know.


Jacques Deray


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Roland Fériaud
Claudine Auger ... La femme à l'imperméable
Paul Crauchet ... Raphaël
Jean Bouise ... Dr. Bavier (le docteur)
Nicole Garcia ... Sonia
Roland Bertin Roland Bertin ... Le haut fonctionnaire
Xavier Depraz Xavier Depraz ... Miguel Carrabo
Dominique Lavanant Dominique Lavanant ... La jeune femme
José Lifante ... Commissaire (as Jose Ruiz Lifante)
Jacques Maury Jacques Maury ... Goma
Laura Betti ... Madame Carrabo
Jeannine Mestre ... Nurse (as Jeanine Mestre)
Luis González Páramo Luis González Páramo ... (as Luis Paramo)
Miguel Narros Miguel Narros
Conxita Bardem Conxita Bardem ... (as Conchita Bardem)


A man who finds there is another world to the one we know.

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Release Date:

3 May 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Butterfly on the Shoulder See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Director Jacques Deray in top form in a film about too many mysteries which one can handle.
16 October 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

"Un Papillon Sur L'épaule" is a quiet thriller which depicts why an honest man always gets involved in shady deals. It allows us to question whether it is due to unforeseen circumstances which force an honest man to go astray or is it something in an honest man's disposition that he cannot evade dangers. According to this film,the plight of the honest man is really strange as despite all heroic fights, he is the one who emerges as the ultimate loser. There is hardly anything in his control to change events and circumstances as he is merely a puppet as the strings are with somebody else. In this film, Jacques Deray has made an effective use of dream, hallucination and reality to portray a hapless man whose destiny is crisscrossed by these very elements. Lino Ventura gives a very restrained performance in his role of an ordinary French citizen who loses his life in a hostile Spain.Although actress Nicole Garcia has a very limited role, she manages to garner viewers' sympathy as the wife of a man who directs all possible efforts in rescuing her husband from the clutches of invisible forces.

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