7.6/10
672
8 user 1 critic

Alas de mariposa (1991)

Ami is a 6 year old girl, extremely sensitive. Her mother, Carmen, lives with the obsession of giving a son to her husband, Gabriel. When finally she gets pregnant, the relation between ... See full summary »

Director:

Juanma Bajo Ulloa
Reviews
9 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A criminal, shoots and kills a painting restorer during a bungled burglary, and shoots her daughter as well. Twenty years later, the daughter has been left mute and with a mental age of a child, spending most of her time in a mental home.

Director: Juanma Bajo Ulloa
Stars: Karra Elejalde, Ana Álvarez, Lio
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The discovery of a young woman's dead body in the middle of a sunflower field near a quiet village will lead to a tragic string of events, and a vicious cycle of violence, deception and greed. Who has the courage to get to the bottom of it?

Director: Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo
Stars: Carmelo Gómez, Judith Diakhate, Celso Bugallo
Airbag (1997)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mommy's boy Juantxo is engaged. Dragged to the party by his friends Konradin and Paco, he loses his expensive wedding ring inside the body of a prostitute. Mafioso whorehouse owner ... See full summary »

Director: Juanma Bajo Ulloa
Stars: Karra Elejalde, Fernando Guillén Cuervo, Alberto San Juan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Gloria is a porn artist that performs live-sex. When his mate gets sick he brings her a young substitute, Manu. The boy works surprisingly well and then Gloria decides to go into business ... See full summary »

Director: Manuel Gómez Pereira
Stars: Verónica Forqué, Jorge Sanz, Rosa Maria Sardà
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The movie tells the story of a family of comedians that work in the towns of Spain during the 40's and 50's. Life gets very tough for them since they cannot compete any longer with cinema. ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Fernán Gómez
Stars: José Sacristán, Laura del Sol, Juan Diego
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Paulino and Carmela are husband and wife, troubadours touring the countryside during the Spanish Civil War. They are Republicans, and with their mute assistant, Gustavete, they journey into... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Carmen Maura, Andrés Pajares, Gabino Diego
La caja 507 (2002)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bankmanager Modesto Pardos(played by Antonio Resines) daughter dies in an forest fire while camping. 7 years later Pardos bank gets robbed and robbers breaks open numerous safe deposit ... See full summary »

Director: Enrique Urbizu
Stars: Dafne Fernández, Antonio Resines, Miriam Montilla
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Set in '50s Spain, a young man (Sanz) leaves the army and looks for a job so he and his fiancée (Verdu) can get married. He rents a room from a widow (Abril), and shortly begins a torrid ... See full summary »

Director: Vicente Aranda
Stars: Victoria Abril, Jorge Sanz, Maribel Verdú
Vacas (1992)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Set in the Basque region, a story of the rivalry of two families, period 1870-1935

Director: Julio Medem
Stars: Emma Suárez, Carmelo Gómez, Ana Torrent
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jota is about to commit suicide. As he fighting against himself, trying to jump off a bridge, a girl riding a motorcycle falls off the bridge. He runs to help her, and goes with her to the ... See full summary »

Director: Julio Medem
Stars: Emma Suárez, Nancho Novo, María Barranco
Numbered Days (1994)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A member of the ETA terrorist organization belongs to a commando which is preparing an outrage in Madrid. But he sets other priorities when he meets a girl who is addicted to drugs and for ... See full summary »

Director: Imanol Uribe
Stars: Carmelo Gómez, Ruth Gabriel, Javier Bardem
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A couple of ruffians enters a tobacconist in the neighborhood of Vallecas to steal. Having failed in its intention they finish entrench themselves in the place, being surrounded by police.

Director: Eloy de la Iglesia
Stars: Emma Penella, José Luis Gómez, José Luis Manzano
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Silvia Munt ... Carmen
Tito Valverde ... Gabriel (as Fernando Valverde)
Susana García Díez Susana García Díez ... Ami (as Susana García)
Laura Vaquero Laura Vaquero ... Amy niña
Txema Blasco Txema Blasco ... Abuelo
Alberto Martín Aranaga Alberto Martín Aranaga ... Gorka
Rafael Martín Rafael Martín ... Lucio
Olivia Sánchez Olivia Sánchez ... Olivia
Carmen Ruiz del Corral Carmen Ruiz del Corral ... Teacher
Txema Ocio Txema Ocio ... Milkman
Elena Armengod Elena Armengod ... Nurse
Eloy Beato Eloy Beato ... Nurse 1
Antonio de Miguel Antonio de Miguel ... Nurse 2
Oier López de Munain Oier López de Munain ... Baby
Kristina Barco Kristina Barco ... Baker
Edit

Storyline

Ami is a 6 year old girl, extremely sensitive. Her mother, Carmen, lives with the obsession of giving a son to her husband, Gabriel. When finally she gets pregnant, the relation between mother and daughter becomes a tragic one, driving the family to an inevitable nightmare. Written by Carlos Morales <bmunoz@mail.sci.net.mx>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

18 October 1991 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Butterfly Wings See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features El reino de Víctor (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Grim Tragedy, befittingly photographed
9 March 2003 | by khatcher-2See all my reviews

The Basque film director, Juanma Bajo Ulloa, is a difficult person to come to terms with. Doubly so, as I have had the bad luck of seeing his films in reverse order. After a hilarious but rather senseless `Airbag' (qv), I was greatly attracted by the sombre, almost poetic `La Madre Muerta' (qv), and finally have managed to see `Alas de Mariposa', mostly because my attention fell on Silvia Munt as lead actress. The fact that Fernando Valverde is playing opposite her, also helped. What I did not expect is that both girls playing the younger Amy (Laura Vaquero) and the adolescent Amy (Susana García), would steal the show from them. With intelligent patience, especially with Laura Vaquero, Bajo Ulloa achieves some memorable scenes.

Greatly aided by some extremely delicate photography playing with natural light so as to achieve a `claro-oscuro' result which is almost as if it were filmed in black and white. Bingen Mendizábal's dark music lends itself appropriately to the film's development, being almost textural in its sombreness.

For the story is grim: a harsh tragedy, at times verging on brutal pathos.

Footnotes:

1) For Spanish learners this film should not be too difficult as the dialogues are fairly easy to follow as the accents are neutral, though there are some softly-spoken parts at times.

2) In no way should under 18s be allowed to watch this film. I hate to be a censor, but the content of this film makes such a statement rather obligatory. If it were simply a case of explicit sex-scenes – there aren't any – I would say nothing.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed