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La chasse aux papillons (1992)

A noble family of France maintains dignity despite the onslaught of modernism and non-white immigrants.


Otar Iosseliani


Otar Iosseliani
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narda Blanchet Narda Blanchet ... Solange, cousine of Marie-Agnes
Pierette Pompom Bailhache Pierette Pompom Bailhache ... Valerie, gouvernante
Aleksandr Cherkasov Aleksandr Cherkasov ... Henri de Lampadere, neighbor (as Alexandre Tscherkassoff)
Thamara Tarassachvili Thamara Tarassachvili ... Marie-Agnes de Bayonette
Alexandra Liebermann Alexandra Liebermann ... Helene, sister of Marie-Agnes
Lilia Ollivier Lilia Ollivier ... Olga, daughter of Helene
Emmanuel de Chauvigny Emmanuel de Chauvigny ... Pater Andre
Sacha Piatigorsky Sacha Piatigorsky ... Sultan
Anne-Marie Eisenschitz Anne-Marie Eisenschitz ... Marie, friend of Solange
Françoise Tsouladzé Françoise Tsouladzé ... Yvonne, dawdler
Maimouna N'Diaye Maimouna N'Diaye ... Caprice, daughter-in-law of Lampadere
Yannick Carpentier Yannick Carpentier ... Monsieur Capentier
Pascal Bonitzer Pascal Bonitzer
Georges Giant Georges Giant
Ghislaine de Beauregard Ghislaine de Beauregard


A noble family of France maintains dignity despite the onslaught of modernism and non-white immigrants.

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Release Date:

4 November 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chasing Butterflies See more »

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1.66 : 1
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A Quiet Masterpiece
28 February 2011 | by tempera52See all my reviews

This one of the few movies I've seen that improves with each viewing (4, in my case). It is enigmatic and subtle, but manages to be entertaining and, at times, laugh out loud funny. The acting is superb (particularly the "busy old lady" as the previous poster calls her) and the cinematography first-rate. Iosseliani manages to lampoon both European capitalism and his own Russian culture but he does so in a gentle, almost loving manner. I hate to see this film slide into obscurity; it is an important work with a timeless and relevant message. A feast for the eyes and the soul. I want to advertise it on a blinking billboard, but Iosseliani would probably wag his finger at me... Should be watched with a glass of fine wine.

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